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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.
L'ensemble propose des ballades a son auditoire avec des instruments historiques, originaux et authentiques.
Whether as a result of the tantalising biographical facts surrounding his life (from his acquaintance with the criminal underworld of medieval Paris, to his success at the court of Charles D'Orleans, his numerous brushes with the hangman's noose, and his eventual disappearance in 1463), the grittiness and apparent realism of his themes, the appeal of his mask-wearing narrative persona, or the formal dexterity of his ballades and rondeaux, Villon's poetry has served as creative fodder to English and American poet-translators from the nineteenth century onwards.
Her all-Chopin recital on Saturday came a mere couple of days after Stephen Hough's equally devoted account of all four Ballades by this little poet laureate of the keyboar, and gripped a packed Town Hall audience.
The lack of Ballades as Maresch explains was as a result of the floods that hit the Honda factory in Thailand late last year.
In order to justify his interpretation and demonstrate the meanings of musical gestures, Bellman offers a broad discussion of the context in which the Ballade was composed, the musical realities in which Chopin created it, and, in particular, the ballades from operas that enjoyed huge popularity at that time and with which the composer was perfectly familiar.
Chopin's Ballades are considered by many to be some of the most technically challenging pieces in the standard piano repertoire.
Starting with Robert Schumann, commentators on the ballades have been most inclined to see a literary model, and link Chopin's ballades, generally and in particular, to the literary ballads of the famous Polish poet and Chopin contemporary, Adam Mickiewicz.
Six Chopin-Liszt song transcriptions will be performed, along with original Liszt works - most of which were composed a few years after Chopin's death, at age 39, and inspired by genres that are usually associated with Chopin: two polonaises, two ballades and "Berceuse.
Mondelinge oordraging is gewoonlik kommunaal--ook die volksballade, sodat die samesteller se opmerking dat "tweederdes van die ballades totaal anoniem oorgelewer is" nie vreemd opval nie.
10 Ballades by Brahms, Debussy's Estampes and Beethoven's Sonata Op.
Housman's poetry is also featured by Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge, and there's Susan Bickley in Ballades and Histoires, a French collection.