- 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
It remains to speak of the beginning and end of the Sonata-Form.
As for the structure, Schumann clings too closely to the Sonata-form.
The sonata-form of the first movement in each case may have suggested the title.
This work consists of one movement (Allegro) in sonata-form.
It is important to distinguish between sonata and 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