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Hidden Treasures – Music on the Grand Canal

1 May, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, 1st May at 7:00 pm

Live Streaming

Traditional Venetian songs, anonymously written by famous composers of the 16th and 17th century, transport you back to a different time!

Music by Anonymous

Liesl Odenweller, Soprano
Venice Music Project Ensemble

Gondola Songs

J.J. Rousseau, a French philosopher and writer from the 18th century, described in his Dictionary of Music how traditional boat songs, barcarolles, were originally sung by Venetian gondoliers who would listen to popular arias in the many theaters throughout the city and attempt to imitate their singing idols.

The “Canzoni da Battello” are pieces of music characterized by a simple melodic and harmonic structure written over poetic texts in Venetian dialect. Thanks to these characteristics the songs became very popular from the mid 1700s onwards.

The songs were intended for various occasions; the most elaborate ones were written in verses by poets and transformed into serenades for lovers and they were often performed by professional singers on gondolas or other types of boats, which might further explain the reason to why they are called boat songs.

Get the full program below:
For English click here
For Italian click here
For French click here

Download also here Texts for the Venetian Boat Songs

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Venezia, Italy