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also bar·ca·rolle  (bär′kə-rōl′)
1. A Venetian gondolier's song with a rhythm suggestive of rowing.
2. A composition imitating a Venetian gondolier's song.

[French, from Italian barcaruola, from barcaruolo, gondolier, from barca, boat, from Latin; see bark3.]


(ˈbɑːkəˌrəʊl; -ˌrɒl; ˌbɑːkəˈrəʊl) or


1. (Classical Music) a Venetian boat song in a time of six or twelve quaver beats to the bar
2. (Classical Music) an instrumental composition resembling this
[C18: from French, from Italian barcarola, from barcaruolo boatman, from barca boat; see barque]


or bar•ca•rolle

(ˈbɑr kəˌroʊl)

1. a boating song of the Venetian gondoliers.
2. a piece of music composed in the style of such songs.
[1605–15; < Venetian barcarola boatman's song]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barcarole - a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliersbarcarole - a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"


barcarolle [ˌbɑːkəˈrəʊl] Nbarcarola f
References in classic literature ?
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 barcaroles and drinking songs, Italian and German, by the score.
The funeral march of the trumpets in the second part can move the listener to tears, while subsequent relief is brought by the rocking barcarole of the waltzy fifth section.
The Nocturne" is a lovely slow piece written in 6/8 using dotted rhythms to create a rocking, lolling feeling, similar to a barcarole.
The most successful violinist of modern times, at the Arena on Sunday, performs wellknown Italian melodies on the album, including O Sole Mio, Volare and Santa Lucia, as well as the famous Barcarole by Jacques enbach, the Lagoon Waltz by Johann Strauss and the Toselli Serenade.
Among them the arpeggiated ascent covering the entire range of the piano in the passage labeled A, the descending tritone passage drafted in B, the lilting, chromatically ascending Barcarole figures seen in E, or the chromatically ascending run shown in the passage labeled F.
This undated Neapolitan barcarole was translated into Italian by Teodoro Cottrau in 1848, before Italy was politically unified as a nation.