- 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.
Origin of rondo
1790–1800; < Italian < French rondeau; see rondel
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Examples from the Web for rondo
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
Only the Adagio and Rondo of his Concerto had a decided success.
The Rondo, Op. 73, was not originally written for two pianos.
To her Chopin dedicated his first published work, Rondo, op. 1.
After this Aria came my Adagio and Rondo, and then the usual interval.
- 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
C18: from Italian, from French rondeau
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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