Definition of ballade in English:



  • 1A poem normally composed of three stanzas and an envoi. The last line of the opening stanza is used as a refrain, and the same rhymes, strictly limited in number, recur throughout.

    ‘We are still writing sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, even pantoums and triolets, ballades and rondels, as well as inventing ‘nonce’ forms to suit our uses.’
    • ‘As if to defy the Depression, newspapers put a premium on cleverness, challenging readers with ballades and triolets, rhyming versions of operas, travelogues in verse.’
    • ‘There were ballades, chants royal, kyrielles, sestinas, triolets, villanelles, and virelais to play with, and poets of varying merit had a go.’
    • ‘The rondeau, virelai, and ballade have refrains as part of the poetic structure of their texts; these are distinct, though related.’
    • ‘The complete Latin versions of these two ballades are included at the end of this article.’
    • ‘Within the squares of a chessboard, he has inscribed diverse phrases that can be recombined to form thirty-eight separate ballades.’
  • 2A short, lyrical piece of music, especially one for piano.

    ‘Gone are the days of programming a Bach prelude & fugue, a Beethoven sonata, a Chopin ballade and then ending with the Prokofiev Toccata.’
    • ‘His arias became more expressive in the 1840s, but he also continued to use popular song types such as barcarolles, ballades, and chansons.’
    • ‘His handling of the larger pieces, especially those where narrative played the predominant role, such as the ballades, was inconsistent.’
    • ‘I find the fourth the most ruminative of Chopin's ballades.’
    • ‘To me, he plays it as if it were one of the Chopin ballades.’
    • ‘After a few giggles from the members of the class, Pfeiffer continued with the second ballade of the Opus 10 set.’
    • ‘Although I found his interpretation of the sonata a shade tame, the variations and ballades breathe a truly Olympian spirit of resigned grief.’
    • ‘The dramatic ballades that Goerne chooses - Belsazar, Die beiden Granadiere, and Die LÃwenbraut - offer their greatness only very reluctantly.’
    • ‘His rondeaux and many of his ballades combine different, often highly syncopated, rhythms.’
    • ‘He has the power required for the emotive climaxes of the two ballades, and he can scale his sound back for Chopin's more confessional writing.’
    • ‘Throughout his career, Brahms favored three-part form as the primary organizational type for his ballades.’
    • ‘The legend upon which the ballade is based is just ghoulish enough to appeal to a teenager whose favorite pastime was watching horror movies.’
    • ‘The author takes the coda of the Chopin F Minor ballade as an example.’
    • ‘Schumann wrote that the poetry of Adam Mickiewicz gave Chopin the rhythms for parts of his ballades, although I don't know if anyone can really say exactly which poems.’
    • ‘The ballade, perhaps an 1848 homage to Liszt's soon-to-be-dead friend Chopin, was played every bit as tempestuously as one could wish for.’
    • ‘This song is an example of the ballade, one of the formes fixes, song patterns favored by the troubadours and trouvères.’
    • ‘Every now and then they stretch to a nocturne (average running time: five minutes) or polonaise (around six minutes), but seldom a ballade (close to ten).’
    • ‘His performance of the first ballade was effective and powerful.’
    • ‘In the ballade to Philippe, then, the ‘cueur en gage’ likely would not seem particularly clever or pointedly topical.’
    • ‘Still, there is considerable personal concern in this ballade; Charles hopes that the influential Philippe and Isabelle won't forget him, and he needs desperately the help of friends.’



/bəˈläd/ /bəˈlɑd/


Late Middle English earlier spelling and pronunciation of ballad.