In the town of Taranto victims of the tarantula danced a frenzied tarantella to prevent death from tarantism.
The wild dance, called tarantella, was supposed, by causing perspiration, to drive out the poison of the bite.
Paraphrases, Auber, Tarantella di bravura (Masaniello); Verdi, Rigoletto, Ernani, 11 Trovatore; Mendelssohn, " Hochzeitsmarsch and Elfenreigen "; Gounod, Valse de Faust, Les Adieux de Romeo et Juliette; Tschaikowsky, Polonaise; Dargomiyski, Tarantelle; Cui, Tarantella; Saint-Satins, Danse macabre; Schubert, Soirees de Vienne, Valses caprices, 1-9.
The name tarantella, in use at the present time, applies both to a dance still in vogue in Southern Italy and also to musical pieces resembling in their stimulating measures those that were necessary to rouse to activity the sufferer from tarantism in the middle ages.
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