Österreichisches VolksLiedWerk
Volksmusikland Österreich

Narrative songs are characterised by their tale telling character and comprise many verses. The content can range from natural phenomena and events through to mythology. Especially in times without modern media they served to entertain, spread information and news.

The ballad is the best known form. It occurs time and time again in artistic music for example in Franz Schubert's "Erlkönig".