Definitions for sonatasəˈnɑ tə
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a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
A musical composition for one or a few instruments, one of which is frequently a piano, in three or four movements that vary in key and tempo
Origin: From sonata, from the feminine past participle of sonare (modern suonare), from sonare.
an extended composition for one or two instruments, consisting usually of three or four movements; as, Beethoven's sonatas for the piano, for the violin and piano, etc
Origin: [It., fr. It. & L. sonare to sound. See Sound a noise.]
Sonata, in music, literally means a piece played as opposed to a cantata, a piece sung. The term, being vague, naturally evolved through the history of music, designating a variety of forms prior to the Classical era. The term took on increasing importance in the Classical period, and by the early 19th century the word came to represent a principle of composing large scale works. It was applied to most instrumental genres and regarded alongside the fugue as one of two fundamental methods of organizing, interpreting and analyzing concert music. Though the musical style of sonatas has changed since the Classical Era, most 20th- and 21st- century sonatas still maintain the same structure.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a musical composition chiefly designed for solo instruments, especially the pianoforte, and consisting generally of three or four contrasted movements—the allegro, adagio, rondo, minuetto or scherzo; reaches its noblest expression in the sonatas of Beethoven.
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