Ballata



a 14th-century Italian verse form composed of stanzas beginning and ending with a refrain, often set to music and accompanied by dancing.
Historical Examples

The same lady is more directly celebrated in the next ballata, where Poliziano calls her by her name, Ippolita.
Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series John Addington Symonds

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

The ballata or Canzone a Ballo, as its name implies, was a poem intended to be sung during the dance.
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds

Nevertheless, out of respect for the ballata, nobody said a word to them.
Columba Prosper Merimee

Rossetti’s translation of the ripresa and second stanza of the ballata Perch’i’ no spero di tornar giammai.
The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner

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 ballata and the estampida were dance-songs, but very few examples survive.
The Troubadours H.J. Chaytor

The third was probably intended to continue this subject, and the fourth was destined to the laws of the ballata and sonetto.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9 Various

In one ballata he describes a country girl, caught by thorns, and unable to avoid her admirer’s glance.
Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature John Addington Symonds

But soon, taking up her ballata afresh, she proceeded with still greater vehemence.
Columba Prosper Merimee

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