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tarantella

(târ`əntĕl`ə), Neapolitan folk dance that first appeared in Taranto, Italy, in the 17th cent. It had rapid 6–8 meter with an increasing tempo and was thought to cure the bite of the tarantulatarantula
, name applied chiefly to species of the large, hairy spiders of the family Theraphosidae of North and South America, Africa, S and SE Asia, and Australia. The body of a tarantula, in the case of the largest, the Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi
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 (Lycosa tarantula, a wolf spider), which supposedly caused the disease tarantism. Chopin, Liszt, Weber, and others used the dance in the form of a perpetuum mobile.

Tarantella

 

an Italian folk dance. Written in 6/8 or 3/8 time, the tarantella is characterized by extended triplets and a very fast tempo. The dance is accompanied by guitar, tambourine, castanets (in Sicily), and occasionally singing. Vocal and instrumental music has been written in the form of the tarantella by G. Rossini, F. Liszt, F. Chopin, M. I. Glinka, A. S. Dargomyzhskii, Tchaikovsky, and S. S. Prokofiev. Many of these pieces are intended for virtuoso performances.

tarantella

1. a peasant dance from S Italy
2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, in fast six-eight time
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Keywords: Gervasi, Notte della Taranta, Festival, Cultural Policies, Music of Oral Tradition, World Music, Salento, Tarantism
El festival italiano Notte della Taranta es un ejemplo muy interesante para comprender el rol y la incidencia de las politicas culturales locales y regionales instrumentadas con el proposito de atraer la atencion mediatica y turistica hacia el territorio salentino.
Palabras clave: Gervasi, Notte della Taranta, festival, politicas culturales, musicas de tradicion oral, World music, musicas del mundo, tarantismo, Salento
Interactions in the Development of a Local Musical Identity The Sociopolitical Dimension of the Notte della Taranta Festival's Success
Interacciones en la construccion de una identidad musical local La dimension socio-politica del exito del festival Notte della Taranta
A ce propos, nous avancons l'hypothese que le succes de la Notte della Taranta est assure par une <<production>>, voire une <<construction>> constante de l'identite locale qui se nourrit de l'interaction entre le monde musical local et des acteurs musicaux externes.
De plus, l'observation et l'analyse d'un festival comme la Notte della Taranta nous permettent d'approfondir la question delicate et controversee, mais tres actuelle, de la valeur symbolique et sociopolitique de musiques paysannes a forte connotation fonctionnelle, et ce, dans un cadre culturel inedit.
Le festival Notte della Taranta et son ancrage dans la societe et la culture paysannes
Cree en 1998 dans le village de Melpignano, au Salento (3), la Notte della Taranta est un festival consacre a la mise en valeur des musiques de tradition orale de la paysannerie de la region, en particulier des musiques reliees a une danse appelee pizzica et a la therapie du tarentisme.
What emerged was Eugenio Bennato and Taranta Power, a band rooted in the tarantella and complemented by an international, contemporary outlook that carries the audience away in an explosively powerful cocktail.
Taranta Power typically includes cello, violin, guitar, percussion, vocalists and a dancer and Eugenio sits centre-stage while well-choreographed mayhem erupts around him.
Eugenio Bennato and Taranta Power will visit Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea (October 12), Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan (October 14), Aberystwyth Arts Centre (October 15), Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells (October 16), Royal Pavillion, Llangollen (October 21) and Galeri, Caernarfon (October 23).