noun \ˈrän-(ˌ)dō, rän-ˈdō\

: 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

plural rondos

Full Definition of RONDO

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Musical form characterized by the initial statement and periodic restatement of a melody alternately with contrasting material. It originated in the French Baroque harpsichord rondeau, where a refrain of 8 or 16 measures is played in alternation with a succession of couplets (episodes) so as to form a chainlike structure of variable length. Most rondos fall into either a five-part (abaca) or a seven-part (abacaba) form. The rondo was very popular in the late 18th and the early 19th centuries, frequently providing the form for the final movements of sonatas, quartets, symphonies, and concertos.


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