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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 ?
Sonya was sitting at the clavichord, playing the prelude to Denisov's favorite barcarolle.
The next dance was beginning; it was the Barcarolle out of Hoffman, which made Helen beat her toe in time to it; but she felt that after such a compliment it was impossible to get up and go, and, besides being amused, she was really flattered, and the honesty of his conceit attracted her.
Walden Pond: Nocturnes and Barcarolles for Mixed Chorus, Three Violoncellos, and Harp.
14-16 in the Fifth Barcarolle, as signalled in the commentaries of the London Peters critical editions of the Nocturnes and Barcarolles (ed.
Gabriel Faure: Barcarolles for Solo Piano, by Roy Howat.
In 1988, Bernstein wrote a song cycle for two voices called Arias and Barcarolles.
My father maintained an extensive repertoire of sentimental romances, old ballads and barcarolles, popular songs, and czardases, and numbers from operas and operettas, which he sometimes followed with dramatic recitatives, but in his interpretation the sentimentality of the words and melodies would take on a major-key purity, while the sugary sediment would be crystallizing in the silver goblet of his voice, becoming brittle and resonant.
That song moves historically into a form that is not only sung but also played instrumentally without words (the barcarolles of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Faur[acute{e}]), yet still in imitation of boat and water movement.