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See also: Ballade
ballade (plural ballades)
- (music) Any of various genres of single-movement musical pieces having lyrical and narrative elements.
1893, Walter Besant, “Prologue”, in The Ivory Gate:
- Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language […] his clerks […] understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there.
2007 December 30, Anthony Tommasini, “A Patience to Listen, Alive and Well”, New York Times:
- Even a 10-minute Chopin ballade for piano, let alone Messiaen’s 75-minute “Turangalila Symphony,” tries to grapple with, activate and organize a relatively substantial span of time.