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Barcarole, or barcarolle (from Italian for “boat”), traditional boat song or musical composition of the 18th or 19th century written in that style. Barcaroles were originally sung by gondoliers in Venice. Many European composers, including Frédéric Chopin, adapted the style for their own works. Sung or played primarily in 6/8 time, barcaroles were composed as opera arias and instrumental pieces for pianos, orchestras, and choruses.

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