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sonata form

noun
1.
a musical form comprising an exposition, in which the main theme or themes are stated, a development section, a recapitulation of the material in the exposition, and, usually, a coda.
Origin of sonata form
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • Our own Arne tried his hand at them, and no one looking at his would dream that the sonata form was so nearly ripe at the time.

    Haydn John F. Runciman
  • But this is not to say that Beethoven had gone beyond the sonata form.

  • I ventured to remark that Chopin had no special talent for the sonata form.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • This clever Italian gives us the early beginnings of the sonata form.

  • The time was now at hand when the sonata form was to be made the vehicle for the expression of the most profound human emotion.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • As it is, the changes which have been made in sonata form since his day are merely changes of detail.

    Haydn J. Cuthbert Hadden
  • The Overture to Saul, 1738, is a veritable Concerto for organ and orchestra, and the sonata form is adopted in the first movement.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • He also developed the sonata form so that Beethoven found it ready moulded for his genius.

  • Their relation to the development of the sonata form has already been pointed out.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The sonata form is not desperately evaded, and in the rondo of the E minor Concerto he overtops Hummel on his native heath.

    Unicorns James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for sonata form

sonata form

noun
1.
a musical structure consisting of an expanded ternary form whose three sections (exposition, development, and recapitulation), followed by a coda, are characteristic of the first movement in a sonata, symphony, string quartet, concerto, etc
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