ron·​do | \ ˈrän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce rondo (audio) , rän-ˈdō\
plural rondos

Definition of rondo

1 : an instrumental composition typically with a refrain recurring four times in the tonic and with three couplets in contrasting keys
2 : the musical form of a rondo used especially for a movement in a concerto or sonata

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Hierro explained tactics during the training session while the squad went through ball exercises and rondos., "Spain Handed Injury Scare After Gerard Pique Suffers Ankle Knock in Training Ahead of Russia Tie," 30 June 2018 The 15 minutes that were open to the press included rondos and passing exercises which gave little insight on Spain's tactical setup., "Spain Sweat Over Gerard Pique's Fitness for Russia Match After He Suffers a Collision in Training," 1 July 2018 Spanish clubs have long excelled at this, by endlessly practising the rondo: a close-quarters version of piggy-in-the-middle. The Economist, "What makes a country good at football?," 9 June 2018 The first movement has the sound of a Russian folk song, but following a flowing second movement, the rondo finale is a burst of Spanish color, complete with castanets. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Symphony performing 'On the Waterfront' by Leonard Bernstein | The Kansas City Star," 17 Feb. 2018 The fifth and final movement came across as a mercurial rondo that shifts from stretches of harmonically raw vehemence to subdued yet swinging passages that Mr. Bell, backed by Mr. Gilbert and the orchestra, played with an eerily spectral quality. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Bernstein Brings Alan Gilbert Back to the Philharmonic," 26 Oct. 2017 Then add: 1/4 c cayenne 1c chili powder 2T ginger, ground 4T salt, kosher Directions: Saute the onions in a rondo with oil. Josh Ozersky, Esquire, "4 Modern, Meaty Ways to Gorge Yourself on Super Bowl Sunday," 27 Jan. 2014 Mozart’s A minor Rondo (K. 511), after intermission, was prelude to the main event, a blockbuster account of Beethoven’s final piano sonata, No. 32 in C minor, in two epic movements. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Emotional Richness in Minor Keys From 2 Revered Pianists," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of rondo

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rondo

Italian rondò, from Middle French rondeau

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English Language Learners 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

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