Barcarolle in F major (Saint-Saëns)

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Camille Saint-Saëns's Barcarolle in F major, Op.108 is a chamber composition for a quartet consisting of violin, cello, harmonium (or organ) and piano, composed in 1898, the work also exists in a version for violin, cello, viola and piano created by the composer in 1909.[1][2][3]


The Barcarolle was Saint-Saëns's second attempt at composing for this combination of instruments, with an 1897 attempt being abandoned after five and a half pages.[2] In 1865 he had composed the Serenade Op. 15 for a similar combination with a viola rather than a cello as the fourth instrument.[4] In the first performance, which took place at the musical society "La Trompette" on 18 May 1898, the piano was played by Louis Diémer, the cello by Jules Delsart, the violin by Remy, with the composer playing the harmonium.[3][5]


The composition is structured as a single movement marked Alegretto moderato.[3] Performance time is around 8 to 10 minutes.


  1. ^ (Fenech 2009)
  2. ^ a b (Smith 1992, p. 17)
  3. ^ a b c (Smith 1992, p. 311)
  4. ^ (Smith 1992, p. 81)
  5. ^ (Anderson 2013)
  • Anderson, Keith (2013). Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Quartet/Piano Quintet/Barcarolle (CD). Naxos Records. 8.572904.
  • Fenech, Gerald (2009). "Review of Saint-Saëns, Piano Quartets, MDG 9431519-6". Classical Net. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  • Smith, Rollin (1992). Saint-Saëns and the Organ. Pendragon Press. ISBN 978-0-945193-14-2.

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