The ballad is a way of expressing courtly song from the end of the Middle Ages in Europe , which appears in the fourteenth century . The Poetry is dissociated of music, but the music is created in the same writing the poem. Indeed, the ballad has the peculiarity of repeating the same verse , chorus , at the end of every three stanzas. It is made up of octosyllables and the rhymes are crossed. As a rule, the medieval ballad always begins with the word Prince . Although the romantic ballad should not be confused with poetry .
The musical or lyrical ballad
This creation was made in the romantic period, at the beginning of the 19th century
The romantic ballad
With the influence of the Anglo - Saxon , the meaning of the word is extended to a recital or a song that tells the life of a person or some precise facts. The recital is always epic (approaching the feat ), usually dramatic and sometimes comical. If you talk about love between two people, we identify it with romance .
The ballad as popular music
It originates in the United States, after the commercialization of the records in the 1920sWhen they decide to call the slow romantic themes "Ballad", their appearance is due to a flourishing culture caused by migrations from Europe to America because of the First World War. It is defined as a sung melody accompanied by a dreamy, simple and somewhat tedious instrumentation. Its appeal is due to its influence and even frequent plagiarism of cultured classical music, and among the first popular genres that gained acceptance using a symphony orchestra typical of academic serious music, it will first influence only Europe, which presents identical music, Latin America will close to American styles because of their very important own music.
Examples of ballads
- Ballad of the ladies of the past by François Villon , music puesta by Georges Brassens .
- The four ballads for piano (opus 23, 38, 47 and 52) by Frédéric Chopin.
Ballads in rock n 'roll and metal
Both in the rock genre and in metal, ballads appear and develop in the 1970s and 1980s. In rock, ballads have been mainly the great successes of some bands and also classics of music. Songs like November Rain by Guns N 'Roses , Nobody's Fool by the American glam metal band Cinderella , Aerosmith with the theme Dream On or I Don't Want to Miss a Thing , Skid Row with the song 18 and Life , and Led Zeppelin with Stairway to heaven among others.
In metal, on the other hand, Metallica is a reference for its ballads (with songs like Fade To Black , Welcome Home (Sanitarium) , One and Nothing Else Matters ), as is the German band Scorpions (with songs like Still Loving You , Holiday , Wind of Change and Send Me an Angel ).
Today, the American group Five Finger Death Punch has managed to gain fame thanks to its metal ballads.
- Balada is the title of a song by Jacques Brel .
- Ballads is a collection of poems by Johann Wolfgang Goethe published in 1787 .