Ballads Without Words: Chopin and the Tradition of the Instrumental Ballade
In his four ballads for piano, Chopin stretched the capacity of instrumental music by asking it to convey, without words, the form and sense of a ballad, a challenge taken up by composers, who developed the orchestral ballad.
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The Ballad as Narrative Model for Chopin
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Allegro Andante ballad process Bartok bass Biilow Brahms Breitkopf & Hartel cadence century CHAPTER character Chopin Chopin's Ballades chord chromatic co-theme composers CONCERTO Czech dramatic Dukas Dvorak edition Edvard Grieg episode Erben's Europe European Example Faure folk music folk-song four Ballades Franck genre Gottschalk Grieg harmonic heard Hungarian instrumental ballade Janacek Klavierballade Kytice later Leipzig Lenore lines Liszt literary ballads London Louis Moreau Gottschalk lyrical main theme melody meter middle section minor motive movement musical form narration nineteenth-century notes opening orchestral ballades passage Paul Dukas phrase piano ballades piano music piano pieces Polish Prague primary theme published reckoning repertory repetition represents reprinted rhythm Robert Schumanns Scherzo Schumann Second Ballade SLAVIC EUROPE Smetana solo sonata form song stanza story structure style suggest symphonic poem Tchaikovsky tempo texture thematic transformation title Ballade tone variation violin and piano Vitezslav Novak voice Wagner Water Goblin words wrote