sonata form

sonata form (uncountable)

  1. (music) A form of classical music consisting of a single movement divided into three main sections, namely - the exposition (introducing thematic material in the tonic and then usually the dominant key), development (manipulating the theme in different keys) and recapitulation (returning to the tonic), sometimes followed by a coda
  • French: structure sonate, forme sonate
  • German: Sonatensatzform
  • Italian: forma-sonata
  • Portuguese: forma-sonata
  • Russian: сона́тная фо́рма
  • Spanish: forma sonata

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