Tarantella (Jubilate Agno). Composed by Z. Randall Stroope. For TTBB choir, piano, optional string quartet accompaniment. Octavo. 16 pages. Duration 3 minutes, 5 seconds. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.CM9348).
Carl Fischer is honored to welcome Z. Randall Stroope to the 2014 Choral Catalog with Tarantella / Jubilate Agno. The tarantella, meaning "spider dance," was a popular Italian dance with origins in the 11th century, originates from the villages of Tanto and Tarentum ("little spider"). Portions of Christopher Smart's (1722-1771) Jubilate Agno text are also used along with made up words and those collected by the composer. The convergence of the medieval tarantella with the writings of a brilliant poet who bordered on the absurd, along with the infusion of random rhyming words by the composer, synthesizes to make dramatic lyrics to accompany this highly energized and challenging piece for TTBB choir and string quartet or optional piano. Sure to thrill audiences at any concert/festival performance.