ballade

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French ballade

Noun[edit]

ballade (plural ballades)

  1. (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.
    • 1915, Richard Le Gallienne, Vanishing Roads and Other Essays[1]:
      "Dead and gone!" as Andrew Lang re-echoes in a sweetly mournful ballade []
    • 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.

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