bal·​lade | \ bə-ˈläd How to pronounce ballade (audio) , ba- \

Definition of ballade

1 : a fixed verse form consisting usually of three stanzas with recurrent rhymes, an envoi, and an identical refrain for each part
2 : a musical composition usually for piano suggesting the epic ballad

Examples of ballade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like that Chopin ballade, a good routine has light and shade, fast sections and longueurs. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Comedy Without an Audience," 8 Apr. 2020 Video: Manjula Varghese For the seniors, Christopher knocked out all four Chopin ballades. Steve Rubenstein,, "It’s Chopin, not ‘Chopsticks,’ for 12-year-old piano prodigy," 9 June 2019 And not just the easy stuff, but the whirling ballades and the high-octane waltzes and scherzos that usually separate the young pianists from the veterans but — in the case of a prodigy like Christopher — don’t. Steve Rubenstein,, "It’s Chopin, not ‘Chopsticks,’ for 12-year-old piano prodigy," 9 June 2019 The four ballades are full of beautiful music, a point emphasized in Pierdomenico’s lyrical interpretations. Olin Chism,, "Updated review: Cliburn semifinal round ends with lyrical grace, passion," 5 June 2017 The second of two great septuagenarian pianists passing through New York this week brings with him an all-Chopin program, featuring two sets of nocturnes, a couple of ballades, a scherzo, a berceuse and the third of the composer’s sonatas. David Allen, New York Times, "Classical Music in NYC This Week," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of ballade

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ballade

Middle English balade, from Middle French, ballad, ballade

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“Ballade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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