Ballata

The ballata (plural: ballate) is an Italian poetic and musical form in use from the late 13th to the 15th century. It has the musical structure AbbaA, with the first and last stanzas having the same texts. It is thus most similar to the French musical `forme fixe` virelai (and not the ballade as the name might otherwise suggest). The first and l.....
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ballata

(from the article `musical form`) ...however, are reverting types. In the Middle Ages there existed the fixed forms used in songs, such as the French ballade (a a b), virelai (A b b a ... Landini`s surviving works include numerous songs, of which his favourite form was the ballata, an Italian song form modeled on the French virelay or ....
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Ballata

A ballata is a 14th century Italian secular song. It is a monophonic composition often in the following pattern: A b b a A.
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ballata

a fourteenth-century Italian secular genre which follows the form A b b a A; related to the French virelai.
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