Wiktionary:Word of the day/June 20

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Word of the day for June 20
barcarole n
  1. (music) A Venetian folk song traditionally sung by gondoliers, often in 68 or 128 time with alternating strong and weak beats imitating a rowing motion.
  2. (music) A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.

PointingHand.svg German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach was born on this day in 1819. His duetBelle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” (“Beautiful Night, O Night of Love”), known simply as the Barcarolle, from his last and unfinished opera The Tales of Hoffmann, is said to be the most famous barcarole ever written.

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