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Rossini's Tarantella

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From the age of 18 until he was 30, Gio Rossini composed 32 operas. After being stressed out by the production of his opera William Tell in 1829, he quit writing opera and for the next 46 years, he just enjoyed being a celebrity and wrote only some sacred music and small works to amuse himself. From a collection of songs called Soire├ęs Musicales (Musical Evenings), this is La Danza, a tarantella.

A tarantella is a dance from southern Italy. The folklore of the dance is that when someone gets bitten by a tarantula, they have to keep dancing to work the venom out of their system. Of course, red vino also helps the process.
I had planned to post the words to the song here, but they're nothing deep -- Mama Mia, Mama Mia, LA la, LA la, LA la, LA. You get the idea.

Those who enjoy this lively dance may be interested in hearing my MIDI rendition of another tarantalla by Rossini as arranged by the 20th century composer Ottorino Respighi. It's posted at the ClassicalArchives.com under Respighi.
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Emily Rohm said 4997 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
I love Rossini.
This is like a Clockwork Orange version of Rossini! While it's fun to
listen to for a while, it gets less interesting halfway through simply
because it is so electronic, with no dynamics. I know the rhythm has to
stay consistant because it is a tarantella, but there still could be some
give and take in the tempo. Nice choice of tunes, though. Good to hear
some classical stuff around here!
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steveg said 4997 days ago (November 11th, 2005)
Yeah a fun piece.
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macgalver said 4974 days ago (December 4th, 2005)
to say the least. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I don't have to have
coffee. thx, kelli
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Enrique Gil said 4648 days ago (October 26th, 2006)
It sure reminds me of Walter Carlos
I love true synth music and this one really fits the bill. Somewhere
between Moog and Bachbusters sound. Beautiful!
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