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ballata

[buh-lah-tuh]
noun, plural bal·la·te [buh-lah-tey] /bəˈlɑ teɪ/.
  1. a 14th-century Italian verse form composed of stanzas beginning and ending with a refrain, often set to music and accompanied by dancing.
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Origin of ballata

1755–65; < Italian < Old Provençal balada ballad
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Historical Examples

  • The ballata has come down to us from our forefathers, and we must respect it as an ancient custom.

    Columba

    Prosper Merimee

  • Nevertheless, out of respect for the ballata, nobody said a word to them.

    Columba

    Prosper Merimee

  • There are also choral passages which suggest the existence of the frottola, the carnival song and the ballata.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera

    William James Henderson

  • The third was probably intended to continue this subject, and the fourth was destined to the laws of the ballata and sonetto.

  • But soon, taking up her ballata afresh, she proceeded with still greater vehemence.

    Columba

    Prosper Merimee