- Order numbers: AM 141 - 010 HL 4004931
- Instrumentation: Wind Orchestra
- Duration: 2'30
- Grade: 4
La Danza - Rossini/Respighi
La Danza is a playful Neapolitan tarantella, composed by Gioacchino Rossini, as the eighth song of the collection Les soirées musicales (1830–1835). It is a so-called patter song—the lyric of which features tongue-twisting rhyming text, with alliterative words and a cascade of other consonant or vowel sounds that are humorous to listen to at the rapid speed of this music.
La Danza has been a popular song with various composers. Franz Liszt transcribed it for piano and Frédéric Chopin used the song as inspiration for his Tarantelle in A-flat, Op. 43. It became world famous in the virtuoso orchestration of Ottorino Respighi. The latter arranged the music for his ballet La Boutique fantasque, and you can certainly hear that inspiration: it’s hard to sit still during this fresh whirlwind.