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Barcarolle \Bar"ca*rolle\, n. [F. barcarolle, fr. It. barcaruola, fr. barca bark, barge.] (Mus.)

  1. A popular song or melody sung by Venetian gondoliers.

  2. A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.


n. 1 A popular song or melody sung by Venetian gondoliers. 2 A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.


n. a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers [syn: barcarole]


A barcarole (from French, also barcarolle; originally, Italianbarcarola or barcaruola, from barca 'boat' ) is a folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers, or a piece of music composed in that style. In classical music, two of the most famous barcaroles are Jacques Offenbach's " Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour", from his opera The Tales of Hoffmann; and Frédéric Chopin's Barcarole in F-sharp major for solo piano.

Barcarolle (horse)

Barcarolle (foaled 1835) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare who won the classic 1000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse in 1838. In a racing career which lasted from April 1838 until September 1839, the filly ran seven times and won twice. Unraced as a two-year-old Barcarolle won the Guineas on her second appearance of 1838 but contracted an illness and raced only once more that season. After winning one minor race from four starts in 1839, she was retired from racing and exported to Russia in the following year.

Usage examples of "barcarolle".

They are not singing barcarolles or ballads about the Lorely and her fated lovers, but simply trolling any nonsense that comes into their heads in time to the dancing of the water and the rhythm of their swimming.

She was playing Barcarolle when I reached my suite and found Mary waiting.

She was billed and announced as "The Music-Box Dancer" and performed atop the pista's padded curbing, doing several circuits of the ring, almost entirely en pointe, the way music-box dolls did, while cimbalist Elemér played, solo, a very creditable imitation of a music box tinkling one of Offenbach's barcarolles.

In no way wearied by his sallies on the road, he was in the drawing-room before any of us, and I heard him at the piano while I was yet looking after my housekeeping, singing refrains of barcarolles and drinking songs, Italian and German, by the score.