In a strange disease called “Tarantism” struck Italy. It was attributed to a spider’s bite with alternating symptoms of exaltation and prostration. Tarantella are. La Tarantella: Antidotum Tarantulae AJ Antidotum tarantulae. Audio Player. Download File. £ Add. £ Add. Solo: L’Arpeggiata Performer. All’ improvviso: Ciaccone, Bergamasche, & un po’ di follie Handel Goes Wild. La Tarantella: Antidotum Tarantulae (Extraits de la bande originale.

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This album is not just about the southern Italian tarantella dance; it actually proclaims itself as an antidotum Tarantulae, an antidote to the bite of the tarantula. Wntidotum the spider which is not the same animal as the feared tarantula of the southwestern U. La Tarantella presents tarantellas interspersed with other songs of the region, some traditional, others with known composers.

La Tarantella : Antidotum Tarantulae

The texts of the vocal pieces are in southern Italian dialects, translated in the booklet into modern Italian, French, and English. The liner notes, in French and English only, are a delightfully diverse lot, with excerpts from writings dating back to the Tarahtulae, medical and more metaphysical musings on the “tarantism” phenomenon, and several passages that invite the listener to experience the tarantella phenomenon for herself or himself.


The pieces included touch not only on the dance but on phenomena that influence the bodily “humors” that the spider’s poison was thought tarzntulae affect.

Thus there are songs of love, night, poverty and alms-giving, and more. Aantidotum are dances with lots of percussion, antidotuj are melancholy. As L’Arpeggiata antidotu, Christina Pluhar writes, “Each of these pieces presents a musical universe in itself, and is functional, therapeutic music, which could stretch over several hours or atidotum, as required. The decision to enclose these dances in a restricted period of time has a practical basis: Plainly, this is one of the more original album conceptions of recent years.

If you’re afraid of spiders, don’t buy it; there are several close-ups of the beasts in the booklet notes. And, since the tarantella is still ritually danced in certain tarantullae Italian towns, it would be interesting to know whether it’s a louder thing, danced to music with a stronger tendency to break down physical and mental defenses, than what Pluhar presents here.

The dominant sound on La Tarantella is Pluhar ‘s Baroque harp, accompanying some very expressive but subtle singers. These questions aside, La Tarantella is quite an intellectual adventure, and you can’t say that about every early music release. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.


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Sogna fiore mio Ninna nanna sopra la Tarantella. Tu bella ca lu tieni lu pettu tarantylae Tarantella. Lu povero ‘Ntonuccio Lamento funebre puglia. Tarantella, for lute Athanasius Kircher. Lamento dei mendicanti Matteo Salvatore.

Luna Lunedda Pizzica Alfio Antico. Tarentella del Gargano Traditional.

Pizzicarella mia Pizzica Tarantata Puglia Traditional. Silenzio d’amuri Alfio Antico. Tarantella calabrese Calabrese Traditional. Sogna fiore mio Ninna nanna sopra la Tarantella Ambrogio Sparagna.

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Antidotum Tarantulae Athanasius Kircher.