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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.

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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.