World Music Exploration - Tarantella

Now that the ensemble classes and Virtual Choir 3.0 (that's another story) are behind us, we can resume our world music exploration. This month, my students and I are exploring one of my favourite countries in the world: Italy.

 

Italy is rich in history, food, culture and of course - music! This is perhaps one of Italy's most famous folk dances, the Tarantella:

 

It translates to "tarantula". It's a circle dance which features changes in direction and tempo. This recording features the mandolin. The above version is Neopeltana one. There is also a Sicilian and Calabrese Tarantella.

 

All this talk of Italy has given me a huge craving for Italian cuisine and limone gelato.
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