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, barcarolle
1. a Venetian boat song in a time of six or twelve quaver beats to the bar
2. an instrumental composition resembling this



the original name of the songs of Italian, primarily Venetian, boatmen (gondoliers). Later, any musical work (such as a song, piano piece, or choral piece) associated with boating.

The barcarole is sometimes called a gondola song. The music is usually light, lyric, and dreamy. The tempo is moderate, and the measure is 6/8 or 12/8. The melody of the barcarole is distinguished by its smoothness; elements of musical expressiveness are often used in the accompaniment. The composers of the most famous vocal barcaroles include Schubert and M. I. Glinka. Composers of barcaroles for the piano include Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. Barcaroles are also found in several Italian and French operas.


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This new edition of the Chopin Barcarolle contains all of the many excellent features one might expect to find in a Henle edition.
30pm, he will play Chopin's Ballade No 1 in G minor, Nocturnes No 13 in C minor and No 14 in F sharp minor, Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Barcarolle in F sharp major and Sonata no 3 in B minor.
Only two doubts - I did not like Silent Night done as a kind of Barcarolle, and the printing of the contents text will drive many to the opticians; as so often happens, design takes precedence over legibility.
More recent films like the Oscar-winning Life is Beautiful and The Pianist are also featured with the use of Offenbach's Barcarolle and Chopin's nocturne in C sharp minor on a collection full of moving tear-jerkers and ageless classics.
Sholto Kynoch produced atmospheric and beautifully paced and balanced playing in the demanding accompaniment, ranging from icy decoration in the limping dance of "Pride and ambition" to the frozen barcarolle of Hallucinations, while Stone's blanched white voice which characterised the final etiolated words of the cycle produced a long silence which noone dared to break for many long seconds.
Howat uses brackets when edits are his modest revisions based on his scholarship of Faure, and there is the use of light grey text for dynamics for the Fifth Barcarolle because the dynamics were only included in the 1926 Edition.
Ciulietta was better, but dramatically placid, not helped by the ungainly wig and costume, and the curiously inert staging by Christopher Alden--with no gondola, the Barcarolle was sung in front of an oil painting of the Venetian canals.
Mezzo-soprano Louise Crane and soprano Chloe Wright were perhaps at their best in the Barcarolle from The Tales Of Hoffman, a taste of what may be in store from the company later in the year.
Sibelius's Finlandia, the Offenbach Barcarolle from The Tale of Hoffman, a quite exquisite performance of Delius's On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring.
There are also eight solo items including Chopin's Barcarolle, Tchaikovsky's rarely heard Un poco di Chopin and five of Liszt's transcriptions of Schubert songs.
The three works published by John Church -- Spanish Serenade, Lied ohne Worte, and Barcarolle -- have been scanned and added to the American Viola Project, and the AVS plans to edit and publish additional works by Zitterbart.
Later, with seats empty during the famous Barcarolle, the odd and even rows start moving laterally and seem to be dancing with each other.