This Barcarolle evokes the feeling of being on a small boat with a gondolier on the canals of Venice. It is considered the most famous barcarolle ever written, and described in the Grove Book of Operas as “one of the world’s most popular melodies.” InTales of Hoffman (1881) the melody is sung by two women’s voices and the words tell of the beauty of the night and of love. In this arrangement Harp 1 should be played on a pedal harp. Harp 2 could be played on a lever harp with some inventive lever changes or on a pedal harp with occasional pedal changes. In this arrangement Harp 2 begins by playing a trill (F-sharp and G) for eight measures, while Harp 1 plays small parts of the melody. In the end, Harp 1 plays a tremolo, while Harp 2 plays chords. Performance time for Barcarolle is about four minutes. This melody is also arranged in Four Harps Together where it is available with the title, O Lovely Night.
The arrangement comes with separate copies for First Harp and Second Harp and an Ensemble Copy showing the two parts together.