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The Tarantella

The Tarantella Dance music is probably the most recognized song of all the Italian folklore music. It literally means "tarantula" because the dance is done by everyone in a great big circle going clockwise, until the music in the set changes, becomes faster, then they quickly change the direction to counterclockwise, this continues several times and is fun to see who keeps up. You can see this dance at authentic Italian weddings, is often the theme song of many restaurants and pizzerias, can even be heard in The Godfather movie and the CBS sitcom "That's Life".

Generally played with a strong mandolin (Italian guitar) presence, each region has its own version. For example the most popular version you will undoubtedly hear most frequently is the Napoletana verson (that from the region of Naples). Click the play button below to listen to it now!


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