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    • Order numbers: AM 141 - 010 HL 4004931
    • Instrumentation: Wind Orchestra
    • Duration: 2'30
    • Grade: 4
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La Danza - Rossini/Respighi

from La Boutique Fantasque
Rossini/Respighi - arranged by Anthony Fiumara
Anthony Fiumara

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.