Definition of barcarole in English:

barcarole

Syllabification: bar·ca·role
Pronunciation: /ˈbärkəˌrōl
 
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(also barcarolle)

noun

1A song traditionally sung by Venetian gondoliers.
More example sentences
  • The gondolier's song, the barcarole, moves-like all music-in time; but also on the boat and water from which it is originally sung.
  • A barcarolle is characterized by a rhythm reminiscent of the gondolier's stroke, almost invariably a moderate tempo 6/8 meter.
  • This boat song, a barcarolle of tender grace, gently rocks with the gondola in the meandering waterways.
1.1A musical composition in the style of a barcarole.
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  • While most of the pieces are quite brilliant and therefore frequently found on recital programs, one should not ignore the only lyrical piece in the collection, Pastorale, a lovely, flowing piece in the style of a barcarolle.
  • In the 18th and 19th centuries the barcarole inspired a considerable number of vocal and instrumental compositions, ranging from opera arias to character pieces for piano.
  • The name alludes to the Barcarole aria—a Venetian boat song—from Jacques Offenbach's opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann.

Origin

late 18th century: from French barcarolle, from Venetian Italian barcarola 'boatman's song', from barca 'boat'.

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