A rapid and delirious sort of Neapolitan dance in 6-8 time, which moves in whirling triplets; -- so called from a popular notion of its being a remedy against the poisonous bite of the tarantula. Some derive its name from Taranto in Apulia.
Music suited to such a dance.
music composed in six-eight time for dancing the tarantella
a lively whirling Italian dance for two persons
a folk dance from southern Italy that accelerates from its already quick tempo and alternates between major and minor keys
a piece written as a fast and lively dance; originated in Italy, where the dance was supposed to either be caused by the bite of a tarantula spider or be a cure for it
A rapid italian dance (supposed to cure the bite of a tarantula). [back