Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman: arranged for two pianos

Jacques Offenbach
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
5 minutes
Classical music
Duet (Piano)
Instrumental parts
Not available

Set in Venice, a city built on canals and lagoons, Jacques Offenbach�s Barcarolle from his opera The Tales of Hoffmann takes us on a romantic gondola ride. Offenbach�s gentle 6/8 rhythm encourages us to feel the sway of the gondola as it carries two lovers gliding through the Venetian night. For lovers of music for two pianos there can never be enough variety of things to play, and over the years I have made many arrangements and transcriptions for this combination. This version of the Barcarolle is based on Moszkowski�s paraphrase for solo piano.

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