Definition of "sonata" [so•na•ta]

  • (noun) A composition for one or more solo instruments, one of which is usually a keyboard instrument, usually consisting of three or four independent movements varying in key, mood, and tempo.

Use "sonata" in a sentence

  • "The term sonata was originally used in two senses: in its larger sense it indicates an extended musical composition with three or four movements, all which taken together form the sonata."
  • "By the term sonata-piece, however, is meant the particular movement of the sonata which gives the name to the whole piece."
  • "The term sonata in common usage can have one or more of three different meanings:"

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