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sonata da chiesa

[suh-nah-tuh duh kee-ey-zuh; Italian saw-nah-tah dah kye-zah] /səˈnɑ tə də kiˈeɪ zə; Italian sɔˈnɑ tɑ dɑ ˈkyɛ zɑ/
an instrumental musical form, common in the Baroque period, that usually consists of four movements alternating between slow and fast.
1795-1805; < Italian: literally, sonata of the church Unabridged
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church sonata

a type of sonata, most commonly a Baroque instrumental work with several (often four) movements, originally thought appropriate for church. The designation was not universal; such works were often labeled simply sonata. Compare sonata da camera.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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