Jacques Offenbach originally wrote this famous piece as fairy music, no association to Venice intended, for the opera Les fées du Rhin that was first performed in Vienna at the Theater am Kärntnertor in 1864. Together with the drinking song he reused it in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and only now it got the name Barcarole. The piece was already so popular that it was included in the first performance of this very long opera even though the act to which it belongs was skipped, it was simply moved to another act.

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