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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A minor Rondo (K. 511), after intermission, was prelude to the main event, a blockbuster account of Beethoven’s final piano sonata, No.
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Origin and Etymology of rondo
Italian rondò, from Middle French rondeau
First Known Use: 1786See Words from the same year
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Definition of rondo for English Language Learners
: 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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