sonata form
noun Date: 1858 a musical form that consists basically of an exposition, a development, and a recapitulation and that is used especially for the first movement of a sonata

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  • sonata form — /səˈnatə fɔm/ (say suh nahtuh fawm) noun the formal exposition and development of contrasting themes in the first movement and sometimes later movements of a sonata or symphony …   Australian English dictionary

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  • sonata form — noun A form of classical music consisting of a single movement divided into three main sections, namely the exposition (in the tonic and then another key), development (modulating in different keys) and recapitulation (returning to the tonic),… …   Wiktionary

  • sonata form — noun a type of composition in three sections (exposition, development, and recapitulation) in which two themes or subjects are explored according to set key relationships …   English new terms dictionary

  • History of sonata form — This article treats the history of sonata form in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. For a definition of sonata form, see sonata form. For an account of critical thought as it relates to sonata form, see Criticism and sonata form …   Wikipedia

  • Criticism and sonata form — This article describes the history of musical criticism as applied to sonata form. For the history of sonata form as such, see History of sonata form. The form itself is defined and described in sonata form. Contents 1 History 1.1 18th century… …   Wikipedia

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