French. If you are looking for a piece with dramatic, expressive opportunities and a contrasting, light allegro movement, "Prelude and Ballad" might be just the right choice. The slow first movement is written in a minor key and gives ample opportunity for rubato playing. The "Ballad" features a light, quick articulated melodies in both major and minor keys. Dexterity in scalar passages, frequent large leaps (slurred), contrasting dynamics, moderate range.