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sonata form

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noun
  1. a musical form comprising an exposition, in which the main theme or themes are stated, a development section, a recapitulation of the material in the exposition, and, usually, a coda.

Origin of sonata form

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for sonata form

Historical Examples

  • It remains to speak of the beginning and end of the Sonata-Form.

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding

  • As for the structure, Schumann clings too closely to the Sonata-form.

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding

  • This work consists of one movement (Allegro) in sonata-form.

  • It is important to distinguish between sonata and sonata-form.

  • Sonata-form, as will be shown later on, has been evolved from old binary form.


British Dictionary definitions for sonata form

sonata form

noun
  1. a musical structure consisting of an expanded ternary form whose three sections (exposition, development, and recapitulation), followed by a coda, are characteristic of the first movement in a sonata, symphony, string quartet, concerto, etc
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