Frédéric Chopin's ballades are four one-movement pieces for solo piano. He composed them between 1835 and 1842. The four ballades are said to have been inspired by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. The exact inspiration for each individual ballade, however, is unclear and not agreed upon.
Ballades existed before Chopin in literature and Italian Renaissance music. However, Chopin invented the ballade as an abstract musical form. The ballade is a distinct form and cannot be placed into another form (e.g. sonata). After Chopin, other composers such as Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms also wrote ballades.
Chopin's four ballades are very popular pieces and are often heard in concerts. They have been recorded many times.
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- "Chopin: Complete Music Analysis – Ballades". OurChopin.com. http://www.ourchopin.com/analysis/ballade.html. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
- Zakrzewska, Dorota (1999). "Alienation and Powerlessness: Adam Mickiewicz's "Ballady" and Chopin's Ballades". Polish Music Journal 2 (1–2). ISSN 1521-6039. http://www.usc.edu/dept/polish_music/PMJ/issue/2.1.99/zakrzewska.html. Retrieved 2013-12-31.