This composition is modelled after a Renaissance dance called a Volta from the 16th century.  The volta is characterized by fast tempo and typically performed as a couple’s dance.  La Volta by Michael Pretorius  (1571 –1621) is perhaps one of the most famous examples of the dance and has been transcribed for lute by Italian musicologist, Oscar Chilesotti (1848-1916).

Theme excerpt from La Volta by Michael Praetorius: