Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, known more simply as Felix Mendelssohn and sincere friend of the famous poet Wolfgang Goethe, is a German musician with a spontaneous melodic vein and a great skill in the art of orchestration that ranges in symphonic, chamber and vocal compositions. , not leaving out oratories, sacred music and incidental music.

Among his most famous compositions is the stage music A Midsummer Night's Dream - from 1842, a few years before his death - composed for William Shakespeare's play of the same name.

In the 1830s, Mendelssohn travels to various European countries performing as a pianist, organist and conductor, also in Italy, between Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples. In Venice he dedicates Venetian Gondola Song Op. 30 No. 6, a quiet allegretto in homage to the Venetian gondola and its relaxed plowing through the calm lagoon waves (at least for the time!).

His work was subsequently resumed also by the compatriot composer Jacques Blumenthal, with words written by the London-based playwright and novelist Herman Charles Merivale, whose first line reads The boatmen are calling, stali! stali!. It becomes an American popular song in the late 1800s, the Boston Sunday Post distributes the score as a musical supplement on June 10, 1894 with the additional title One of the most charming songs of the day.

Cover of the score of Venetian Boat Song, distributed with the Boston Sunday Post on 10 June 1894 - (New York Public Library)

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