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Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman Offenbach Help Opus Details
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Offenbach never completely finished his last operetta The Tales of Hoffmann - Les contes d'Hoffmann. He died in 1880 just 4 months before its first performance in Paris, at the Opéra-Comique, on February 10, 1881. He had completed the piano score and orchestrated the prologue and the first act. Ernest Guiraud completed Offenbach's scoring and wrote the recitatives for the premiere.

The most famous aria from the opera is the Barcarolle which is Italian for boating song, because, in the opera, it is sung in a gondola in the Grand Canal, Venice. The French title of this aria is Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour which means Beautiful Night, Oh Night of Love. Offenbach wrote this for an earlier opera, and Guiraud inserted it into The Tales of Hoffman.

Category: Short Piece Orchestra Featuring Cello Romantic Period
Time Signature 6 /8 Key Signature   D Major also featuring Voice, Harp Play MP3 using player below.

1    This tune, played first on the cello, is the most well-known theme from 'The Tales of Hoffman'.
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