This illustrated history of the gondola—its cultural significance and ingenious design—includes audio recordings of Venetian barcarole.
First used in medieval Venice as a getaway boat, the gondola evolved over the centuries from a floating pleasure palace for the Venetian elite, to a tourist favorite in the city. In Gondola, international bestselling author Donna Leon tells stories about the history of these boats. She discusses how all 280 pieces of the gondola are made in a maestro’s workshop—and shares how a friend of hers decided to make his own boat, which took five years to complete.
Along with the work that goes into making a gondola, the barcarole sung from the prow are part of the culture of these boats. This edition includes recordings of barcarole, performed by the Il Pomo d’Oro orchestra and conducted by Riccardo Minasi.
“A delightful look at the gondola as cultural icon, marvel of construction and object of romance and mystery.” —Opera New