Ballad (light music)

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As a ballad in the light music an emotional style of music is called, which often deals with relationships or loneliness.


Ballads can be found in most musical genres such as pop , rhythm and blues , soul , country , folk , rock, and electronic music . The term power ballad has established itself for rock ballads, especially with regard to metal bands . According to music journalist Charles Aaron, power ballads came about in the early 1970s when rock bands tried to convey profound messages to audiences.

Ballads usually have a slow tempo. Typically, ballads use acoustic instruments such as a guitar , piano , saxophone, and sometimes an orchestral set . Some ballads contain synthesizers or drum machines .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ J. Ord: Bothy Songs and Ballads . Ed .: Edinburgh: John Donald. 1990 (English).
  2. ^ Charles Aaron: Don't Fight the Power . In: Da Capo Press (ed.): Da Capo Best Music Writing 2002: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, and More . ISBN 978-0-306-81166-1 , pp. 132 (English).
  3. ^ Library Science MLS: What Is Pop Music? Retrieved May 14, 2020 (English).