A rapid Italian dance in 6/8 time, popular in the 19th century. It is named after the Italian city of Taranto. According to legend, the playing of the tarantella cured tarantism, an uncontrollable impulse to dance that is supposedly caused by the bite of the tarantula. However, medical investigations of person bitten by the tarantula have revealed no such choreographic symptoms.
Posted on Saturday, 13 August 2011