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sonata form

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.
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First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I ventured to remark that Chopin had no special talent for the sonata form.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • But this is not to say that Beethoven had gone beyond the sonata form.

  • Their relation to the development of the sonata form has already been pointed out.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • This clever Italian gives us the early beginnings of the sonata form.

  • The sonata form, as perfected by him, is a monument to his genius.

  • Fugue form is an artificial thing which a man can learn: sonata form is a living thing which a man must feel.

  • The gradual application of this rule is simply another name for the growth of the sonata form.

  • He also developed the sonata form so that Beethoven found it ready moulded for his genius.

  • As it is, the changes which have been made in sonata form since his day are merely changes of detail.

    Haydn J. Cuthbert Hadden
  • The sonata form is not desperately evaded, and in the rondo of the E minor Concerto he overtops Hummel on his native heath.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for sonata form

sonata form

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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