Carnival of Venice (song)

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For the 1939 film, see The Carnival of Venice (film).

The Carnival of Venice, is a folk tune[1] popularly associated with the words "My hat, it has three corners" (or in German, Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken). A series of theme and variations has been written for solo trumpet, as "show off" pieces that contain virtuoso displays of double and triple tonguing, and fast tempos.

Many variations on the theme have been written, most notably those by Jean-Baptiste Arban, Del Staigers, Herbert L. Clarke for the cornet, trumpet, and euphonium, Francisco Tárrega and Johann Kaspar Mertz for classical guitar, Ignace Gibsone and Louis Moreau Gottschalk for piano, and Giovanni Bottesini for double bass. Chopin's "Souvenir de Paganini", dedicated to the composer and violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, is another variation on this theme. The popular novelty song, "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?", written and recorded in 1952, is based on the tune. A more recent piece making use of the theme, by Allen Vizzutti, called "The Carnival of Venus," is regarded as one of the most difficult trumpet pieces ever written due to range and technical demands.[citation needed]

The piece has also been arranged for tuba, notably played by John Fletcher and available on the CD The Best of Fletch. Also Roger Bobo on Tuba Libera (cd). Another tubist whose performance of the piece is noteworthy is Øystein Baadsvik, a Norwegian tubist.


Recorded versions[edit]


  1. ^ Kinscella, Hazel Gertrude (2005). Music and Romance. Kessinger Publishing. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-4179-9594-3. 
  2. ^ "COLUMBIA (Microphone label, USA) 36000 to 36500 Numerical Listing". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Harry James And His Orchestra – Flight Of The Bumble Bee / The Carnival Of Venice". Retrieved 2016-02-17.