Barcarolle Music Recordings and Sheet Music

The term Barcarolle (derived from the italian 'barca', meaning boat) can refer to a type of traditional music sung by Venetian gondoliers, or, more frequently, to an art music piece emulating that style. The latter type of barcarolles can be either instrumental or featuring a voice and text. The defining trait of the barcarolle resides not in its instrumentation, but rather in its rhythm: the barcarolle is said to emulate the gondolier's stroke, almost invariably using a 6/8 meter and a moderate tempo. They were commonly found in operas, though there are also several free-standing instrumental barcaroles (famous among these the ones by Chopin, Valentin-Alkan, Bartok, and Barrios Mangoré).

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
4 Barcarollen, Op.141 Stephen Heller Piano Romantic
Au lever du jour François Adrien Boieldieu Voice(s) and Piano Romantic
Barcarola Alba Rosa Viëtor Piano Early 20th Century
Barcarola nel Marino Falliero, Op.20 Francesco Ferraris Piano Romantic
Barcarola No.1 Francisco Alió Piano Romantic
Barcarola No.2 Francisco Alió Piano Romantic
Barcarola, Op.23 Isaac Albéniz Piano Romantic
Barcarole August Enna Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Barcarole Adolf Jensen Piano N/A
Barcarole for Cello and Piano, Op.4 Oskar Zapff Chamber group Late 19th century
Barcarole, Op.5 Gustav Ehrlich Piano Romantic
Barcarole, Op.10 František Ondříček Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Barcarole, Op.27 José Comellas Voice(s) and Piano Romantic
Barcarole, Op.38 Emanuel Moór String Orchestra Romantic
Barcarole, Op.41 Johann Kaspar Mertz Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Barcarole, Op.63 Gustav Adolf Merkel Piano Romantic
Barcarolle Victor Massé Voice(s) and Piano Romantic
Barcarolle Mikhail Antsev Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Barcarolle Laurent Ceillier Piano Early 20th Century
Barcarolle Alfred Cottin Guitar Early 20th Century