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rondo

[ron-doh, ron-doh] /ˈrɒn doʊ, rɒnˈdoʊ/
noun, plural rondos. Music.
1.
a work or movement, often the last movement of a sonata, having one principal subject that is stated at least three times in the same key and to which return is made after the introduction of each subordinate theme.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Italian < French rondeau; see rondel
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Examples for rondo
  • The final rondo had whiplash attacks and gleeful energy but was fussy, even cutesy.
  • The finale is sometimes a rondo, or even a theme with variations.
British Dictionary definitions for rondo

rondo

/ˈrɒndəʊ/
noun (pl) -dos
1.
a piece of music in which a refrain is repeated between episodes: often constitutes the form of the last movement of a sonata or concerto
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from French rondeau
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Word Origin and History for rondo
n.

1797, "musical composition of one principal theme, which is repeated at least once," from Italian rondo, from French rondeau, rondel, from Old French rondel "little round" (see rondel).

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