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
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The four ballades are full of beautiful music, a point emphasized in Pierdomenico’s lyrical interpretations.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of ballade
Middle English balade, from Middle French, ballad, ballade
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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