Barcarolle Music Recordings

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
Barcarolle no. 1, Op. 26 Gabriel Fauré Piano Romantic
Barcarolle, Op. 60 Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
Julia Florida (Barcarolle) Agustin Barrios Mangore Guitar Early 20th Century
Maxixe Agustin Barrios Mangore Guitar Early 20th Century