The author takes the coda of the Chopin F Minor ballade as an example.
This song is an example of the ballade , one of the formes fixes, song patterns favored by the troubadours and trouvères.
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.
His performance of the first ballade was effective and powerful.
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.
Gone are the days of programming a Bach prelude & fugue, a Beethoven sonata, a Chopin ballade and then ending with the Prokofiev Toccata.
In the ballade to Philippe, then, the ‘cueur en gage’ likely would not seem particularly clever or pointedly topical.
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).
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 rondeau, virelai, and ballade have refrains as part of the poetic structure of their texts; these are distinct, though related.