views updated May 23 2018

Barcarolle from Les contes d'Hoffmann. Retrieved by Offenbach from his much earlier opera, Die Rheinnixen, 1864 (a failure). In this it figured as a Goblin's Song.


views updated May 17 2018

barcarolle (Fr. from It.; Ger. Barkarole). Boat song or an instr. comp. with a steady rhythm (in compound duple or compound quadruple time) reminiscent of songs of the Venetian gondoliers or barcaruoli.