Venetian Gondola Song Op. 62/5
Last updated: 09.06.18
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Composer: F. Mendelssohn Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet D+T/A/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 805
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Length: approx. 2 mins.
Quoting from Dr Scholes excellent The Oxford Companion to Music, a gondola song is a barcarolle supposed to be of the type sung by Venetian gondoliers at their work. They are generally six-in-a-measure time, or in other times in which the beat is divided into three.
Mendelssohn wrote some 48 "songs without words" (German: Lieder ohne Worte) for piano published at intervals between 1832 and 1845 in 6 books. They resemble song melodies with accompaniment nos. 6, 12 and 29 of which being named by him as Venetian Gondola songs.
A tempo of 48 dotted crotchets per min. is mandated by the composer.