The tarantella is a dance that originated in southern Italy some 2000 years ago. If you were bitten by a spider you would dance around for hours or days and either die of convulsions or survive. The dance was believed to be a remedy for the bite. Later, members of your family or village would dance as you lay in pain.
The tarantella is usually in 6/8 time in a very fast tempo. Chopin, Rossini. Britten, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and many more have written tarantellas. I couldn't help but think of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee as I wrote this. The middle section gives a break from the frenzy and is intended to be a piece of Americana. Hope you enjoy it and give me some feed back.