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rondo

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noun ron·do \ˈrän-(ˌ)dō, rän-ˈdō\

Simple Definition of rondo

  • : a type of music for instruments in which the main tune at the beginning is repeated after each of the other tunes that are used

Full Definition of rondo

plural rondos

  1. 1 :  an instrumental composition typically with a refrain recurring four times in the tonic and with three couplets in contrasting keys

  2. 2 :  the musical form of a rondo used especially for a movement in a concerto or sonata

Origin of rondo

Italian rondò, from Middle French rondeau


First Known Use: 1797


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