Definition of tarantella in English:

tarantella

Line breaks: tar¦an|tella
Pronunciation: /ˌtar(ə)nˈtɛlə
 
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(also tarantelle /-ˈtɛl/)

noun

  • 1A rapid whirling dance originating in southern Italy.
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    • Perhaps the most commonly recognized folk dance, the tarantella, for example, is Neapolitan, with little diffusion elsewhere in the peninsula.
    • Finland has no distinctive folk dance - no highland fling, morris dance or tarantella.
    • The American artist celebrated his eighty-first birthday at Villa Narcissus, his home on the island of Capri, by dancing the tarantella.
  • 1.1A piece of music written in fast 6/8 time in the style of the tarantella.
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    • The finale is a headlong, moto perpetuo tarantella in additive rhythms, the marimba's breakneck acceleration echoed by the quartet: the unisono final phrase for the quintet was breathtaking.
    • This collection of Italian waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and tarantellas for solo violin is an excellent teaching tool for double stops, scales, arpeggios and style.
    • The book contains a variety of styles, including sonata, tarantella and waltz, allowing students and teachers to explore the wide range of technical, musical and ensemble challenges in this literature.

Origin

late 18th century: Italian, from the name of the seaport Taranto. The dance was thought to be a cure for tarantism, the victim dancing the tarantella until exhausted. See also tarantula.

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