Popular music inspired by the medieval French poem called “ballade”. The content is the story of a person or precise events. The main instrument is the guitar.
History and main figures
During the Middle Age, the French poet François Villon is the main figure of the ballade
During the 19th century, that style inspires to the famoust pianist Chopin some great pieces.
In the 20th century, the form is adapted by some main artists like Elvis Presley (or Serge Gainsbourg in France) to their own music styles.
Elvis Presley : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY
Photo : Elvis Presley
Post written and published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Development)