Barcarolle

written in 2006
Rachel Wong, oboe; Jamie Jim, cello; Li Cheong, piano

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Barcarolle are folk songs sung by Venetian gondoliers. It is characterized by a rhythm reminiscent of the gondolier’s stroke, generally in a moderate tempo 6/8 meter. These characteristics are adapted by many composers in their works. It is Fauré who brings barcarolle to its apotheosis with a mature keyboard style and adventurous harmony. A homage to Faure’s barcarolle, the choice of harmony shows a clear influence of French style. This piece is composed for the chamber concert on organized by 2002 graduates of the Music Department, CUHK on 21 July 2006.

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