Tarantulatella was composed in 2005. Some have speculated that the Italian Tarantella was originally inspired by a dance that originated around the town of Taranto in the 16th century. There was a plague of tarantulas. Victims, supposedly bitten by the spiders, went into a trance, only to be cured by the wild dance now known as the Tarantella.  After a plaintive, slow introduction this short work builds to a frenzied whirling section that then returns to the opening material. Makes an excellent encore piece.

© John Carbon 2015