Venetian Gondola Song Op. 19/6 in G-Minor
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Length: approx. 2¼ 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. This one is No. 6.
A tempo of 60 crotchets/min. is suggested.