Interstellar Tarantella - Flex Band Version

Catalog: W-623

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A tarantella is a fast and furious traditional dance that supposedly will help drain the venom after someone is bitten by a tarantula. While this emergency therapy is not very effective, the dance is a whirlwind of energy. While earthly tarantellas are usually in duple or quadruple time, this interstellar dance is in compound triple time (9/8), so each measure has three beats and each beat is divided into three.

This dance consists of two themes. The first is full of rhythmic vitality and is based on the characteristic rhythm of the tarantella – a bouncy and repetitive long short long short idea. After this aggressive theme is passed around the ensemble, a second, more lyrical theme is stated at measure 29. Finally, the dance culminates when these two ideas are combined in measure 49, bringing the tarantella to a raucous close.

Concert Band, Grade level 1 - score and parts included

Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Composer/Author: Zare, Roger
Catalog Number: W-623