Tarantelle, the Spider Dance

Tarantelle, now with an arrangement in D minor, and a shortened melody!

Tarantelle, a piano song about a spider.  In the key of Dm, for beginners.

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Tarantelle and Tarantella are names for fast-moving, exciting pieces based on folk music.   The compositions I have heard always sound like dances to me.

Here is the same Dm arrangement, but with all the notes holding letters inside their heads:


Here is the same arrangement as above, but with only a few "AlphaNotes". I call these arrangements "alphanote helpers".   A closeup view: 


Please scroll down the page for the download links.

There are at least 195 Tarantelles and Tarantellas listed at IMSLP, but the version I remember from my childhood came from a John Schaum book with pictures of a boy madly dancing after being bitten by a spider - a tarantula.  

Here is an easy shared-hands version set around Middle C - this version is longer than the Dm arrangements, above.

Tarantelle dance for beginning piano

Tarantelle song, with lyrics about a spider

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

The main difficulty with this piece for a beginner is the 3-4 time signature.  Somehow, three beats are always harder for young kids to feel (at first).

Also, on page 2, the unexpected black notes may throw your little guys off.  But this is good practice for their reading.  

Here is a Secondo part, if you wish to turn this little piece into a duet:

The Spider Dance Tarantelle for beginners, with secondo

Duet secondo for Tarantelle folk song for beginning piano

And here is a solo, very like the one I loved as a child, in the key of Am:

Piano solo Tarantelle

Piano solo Tarantelle for elementary piano




The links to the Dm piano arrangements:


Download short arrangement of Tarantelle in D minor


Download short version with lettered notes, Dm


Download alphanotes "helper" version - just a few lettered notes



The links for the Am beginner arrangements:


Download Tarantelle for beginner piano, shared-hands melody around Middle C position


Download the same arrangement, with just a few "helper notes" - letters inside the noteheads


Download secondo duet part for Tarantelle folk song


Download long Am piano solo Tarantelle


Your young students are going to love this song!








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