- sonata da camera,
- sonata da chiesa,
- sonata form,
Origin of sonata
Examples from the Web for sonata
One afternoon we were watching Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata.
From the first shots of Autumn Sonata it's clear that this is going to be slow going.
If the book were a piece of music, it would be a sonata of interlocking monologues.
With the dialogue all in Japanese, this feline plays a Tokyo Sonata of its own.Catdance Film Festival: The 7 Most Hilarious Shorts (VIDEO)|Jean Trinh|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stop puttering around, sit down at your desk, and write out the speech or practice the sonata 100 times.
This sonata marks the consummation of his evolution toward the acme of powerful expression.Edward MacDowell|Lawrence Gilman
As it is, the changes which have been made in sonata form since his day are merely changes of detail.
He laid the foundations of the modern symphony and sonata, and established the basis of the modern orchestra.
From a sonata for two violins, viola da gamba and bass in Reinkens Hortus Musicus.Bach|Charles Francis Abdy Williams
Unless otherwise specifically mentioned I have, in speaking of the sonata form, referred to it in connection with the pianoforte.How to Appreciate Music|Gustav Kobb
Word Origin for sonata
1690s, from Italian sonata "piece of instrumental music," literally "sounded" (i.e. "played on an instrument," as opposed to cantata "sung"), fem. past participle of sonare "to sound," from Latin sonare "to sound," from PIE *swene-, from root *swen- "to sound" (see sound (n.1)). Meaning narrowed by mid-18c. toward application to large-scale works in three or four movements.
A musical composition for one or two instruments, usually in three or four movements. The sonata of the classic era in music had a definite arrangement for its movements: the first and fourth had a fast tempo, the second had a slow tempo, and the third was in either playful style (a “scherzo”) or in dance form (a “minuet”).