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Tarantella Napoletana

The "Tarantella Napoletana" is the tarantella associated with Naples. It is familiar to North American viewers of popular media as a quintessentially "Italian" musical riff or melody.

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\tempo 4.=126
\key a \minor
\time 12/8
  \partial 4.
  a4-. a8-. |
  e4-. e8-. a4-. a8-. e4. |
  e4-. e8-. f4-. f8-. f g f e4. r4 r8
  \bar "|."

Examples of its use include Gioachino Rossini's "La Danza" from Soirées Musicales (1830–1835).[1]

The tarantella was adapted into the 1950 song "Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Me" written by Buddy Arnold and Milton Berle, and performed by Evelyn Knight and the Ray Charles Band.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lancaster, Jordan (2005). In the shadow of Vesuvius, p.187-188. ISBN 978-1-85043-764-2.
  2. ^ "Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Me". Secondhand Songs.