The Tarantella

The Tarantella

The Tarantella was a Neapolitan folk dance that first appeared in Taranto, Italy, in the 17th cent. It had rapid 68 meter with an increasing tempo and was thought to cure the bite of the tarantula, which supposedly caused the disease tarantism. Chopin, Liszt, Weber, and others used the dance in the form of a perpetuum mobile.

 

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