Why are Tarantellas usually written in a minor key? Is this an unwritten convention?

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    I'm not posting as an answer because I'm not sure, I studied the Tarantella years ago, but I suspect that the original dance started with a specific piece of music that was in Minor, and when the dance caught on and more versions were written the minor sound became part of the style. – Alphonso Balvenie Apr 3 '20 at 18:46
  • It may also have something to do with instruments' limitations. I'm specifically thinking of diatonic accordions and the zuffolo. But I don't know enough about those or about the history of Italian folk to judge how important this aspect was. – leftaroundabout Apr 3 '20 at 21:28
  • There's a book about Tarantellas, https://openlibrary.org/books/OL26943908M/Global_tarantella, it may (or may not) have the answers you're looking for! – dissemin8or Apr 3 '20 at 22:33
  • I expect it is due to their being associated with spiders whose poison was said to make victims dance wildly then die. – Old Brixtonian Apr 4 '20 at 2:10
  • Thanks, everyone – very interesting comments! – Hypergeometricx Apr 5 '20 at 13:31

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