By Almon C. Bock II
Highland/Etling String Orchestra
A frenetic pace characterizes this piece written in the true Italian style of the 6/8 couples dance. Thought to have been danced to ward off the effects of the bite of the tarantula spider, there’s nothing that severe here---just a wonderful, percussive rondo. The piece features some lively syncopation and ends with an extended finish that gets more rousing with each passing measure. Your audiences will be tapping their feet from the opening measure, and your orchestra will want to play it over and over.