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sonata da camera

[suh-nah-tuh duh kah-mer-uh; Italian saw-nah-tah dah kah-me-rah] /səˈnɑ tə də ˈkɑ mər ə; Italian sɔˈnɑ tɑ dɑ ˈkɑ mɛ rɑ/
noun
1.
an instrumental musical form, common in the Baroque period, usually consisting of a series of dances.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Italian: literally, sonata of the chamber
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chamber sonata

a type of solo or trio sonata intended for secular performance; the designation is usually found in the late 17th century, especially in the works of Arcangelo Corelli. In that model, an opening prelude is followed by a succession of dance movements. Compare sonata da chiesa.

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