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[ron-doh, ron-doh]
noun, plural ron·dos. Music.
  1. a work or movement, often the last movement of a sonata, having one principal subject that is stated at least three times in the same key and to which return is made after the introduction of each subordinate theme.
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Origin of rondo

1790–1800; < Italian < French rondeau; see rondel
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Historical Examples

  • It consists of an air, nine variations and a finale which is in rondo form.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music

    W. S. B. Mathews

  • The Rondo, Op. 73, was not originally written for two pianos.

  • Only the Adagio and Rondo of his Concerto had a decided success.

  • To her Chopin dedicated his first published work, Rondo, op. 1.

  • As for the Rondo I do not want any opinion on that at present, for I am not satisfied with it myself.

British Dictionary definitions for rondo


noun plural -dos
  1. a piece of music in which a refrain is repeated between episodes: often constitutes the form of the last movement of a sonata or concerto
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from French rondeau
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Word Origin and History for rondo


1797, "musical composition of one principal theme, which is repeated at least once," from Italian rondo, from French rondeau, rondel, from Old French rondel "little round" (see rondel).

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