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 (bə-läd′, bă-)
1. A verse form usually consisting of three stanzas of eight or ten lines each along with a brief envoy, with all three stanzas and the envoy ending in the same one-line refrain.
2. Music A composition, usually for the piano, having the romantic or dramatic quality of a narrative poem.

[Middle English balade; see ballad.]


(bæˈlɑːd; French balad)
1. (Poetry) prosody a verse form consisting of three stanzas and an envoy, all ending with the same line. The first three stanzas commonly have eight or ten lines each and the same rhyme scheme
2. (Classical Music) music an instrumental composition, esp for piano, based on or intended to evoke a narrative


(bəˈlɑd, bæ-)

1. a poem commonly of three stanzas having an identical rhyme scheme, followed by an envoy, and having the same last line for each of the stanzas and the envoy.
2. a romantic musical composition.
[1485–95; < Middle French, variant of balade ballad]


- A verse or poem made up of three stanzas of equal length with a recurrent line or refrain at the end of each of the stanzas.
See also related terms for refrain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ballade - a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoyballade - a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoy
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines


[bæˈlɑːd] N (Mus) → balada f
References in classic literature ?
tell her, that with my whole heart I wish for her what she wished for herself on Thursday evening, while she was listening to Chopin's Ballade.
Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos - Stephen Hough (Hyperion CDA67456)For all his thoughtful, refined technique, Stephen Hough also has the gift of penetrating effortlessly into the nature of the music under performance; these were some of the qualities which led to his Hyperion recording of all five Saint-Saen piano concertos with the CBSO under Sakari Oramo winning the Gramophone's Record of the Year award not so long ago.
Guillaume also wrote lays and virelays, and his many rondeaux and ballades were instrumental in establishing these as set forms.
Here is pianism of astonishing maturity, bringing to Chopin's four wonderful Ballades a wonderful array of colour (not least from the subtle pedalling), awesome technique and power, and gripping characterisations.
His enforced idleness in England gave him leisure to pursue his literary interests; he had written some verse before his capture, and he now composed a complete love-history, mainly in ballades, besides other poems.
The programme also includes the last of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, Op 111, and Chopin's Four Ballades.
When there is the question of ornamentation: Van Nevel takes his cue from the text of one of the manuscript's ballades to justify slowed-down trills and wide vibrato on certain pitches.
These huitains are interspersed with a number of fixed-form poems, chiefly ballades and chansons, including the well-known "Ballade des dames du temps jadis" ("Ballad of the Ladies of Bygone Times").
His chief works include Petit Testament, Le (1489), Testament, Le (1489), and various ballades, chansons, and rondeaux.
After his intelligent, nuanced yet blisteringly exciting performance of Chopin's Four Ballades it was obvious why Seong-Jin Cho won first prize in the 2015 International Chopin Competition.
He paired Kinderszenen with Chopin's Second and Third Ballades.
En Tunisie, en France, et aujourd'hui aux Pays-Bas, le roi du Maroc Mohamed VI ne cesse de faire parler de lui, avec ses ballades dans la rue devenues un quasi rituel a chaque fois qu'il se deplace a un pays donne.