A sequence of Baroque, traditional and improvised music inspired by the age-old myth of the power of music to heal the venomous bite of the tarantula spider; including works by Falconieri, Kapsberger, Kircher and Soler.
- Christina Pluhar
The tarantella, the entrancing dance form found in several Mediterranean countries, is the unifying thread here. L’Arpeggiata’s programme recalls the popular myth that the bite of the tarantula could only be cured by music and dancing, a remedy known since the Middle Ages as ‘tarantismo’. The associated songs and improvisations – tailored to match the varied symptoms of torpor, excitability and restlessness afflicting victims of the spider’s poison – are revived in a virtuosic performance that transcends generic boundaries. The innovative period-instrument ensemble is joined by dancer Anna Dego.
- Concert Duration:
- approx. 1 hour