- a 14th-century Italian verse form composed of stanzas beginning and ending with a refrain, often set to music and accompanied by dancing.
Origin of ballata
1755–65; < Italian < Old Provençal balada ballad
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Examples from the Web for ballata
The ballata has come down to us from our forefathers, and we must respect it as an ancient custom.
Nevertheless, out of respect for the ballata, nobody said a word to them.
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.