Room 92--The barcarolle

A barcarolle is NOT something to eat. It is a type of song that was originally performed by gondoliers in Venice, Italy. Normally it is written in 6/8 or 12/8, and itís rhythm is supposed to imitate the rocking of the boat. Various composers have written barcarolles, among them, Chopoin, Mendelssohn and Fauré.

You can listen to the most famous Barcarolle, that which was composed by Jacques Offenbach for his opera, The Tales of Hoffmann.


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