Definition of sonata
: an instrumental musical composition typically of three or four movements in contrasting forms and keys
Recent Examples of sonata from the Web
For the individual models, the plant produced: 14,408 Sonatas in May, 68,514 for the year.
The Chopin sonata has been played many times in past Cliburns, but Yang’s moving interpretation kept up interest this time, avoiding any sense of triteness.
The two Scarlatti sonatas were played cleanly and with consistently high spirits.
The thoughtful pianist Jonathan Biss will continue his multiyear cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas with recitals Aug. 15 and 17, also in Bennett Gordon.
Violist Milean Pajaro-van de Stadt will be joined by Korepanova in a recital June 18 of all the viola sonatas by Brahms and Shostakovich.
There was one major plus: Grewe’s joyful performance of a Haydn sonata (
For lovers of piano-violin compositions, the performance of Beethoven’s sonatas should be heavenly.
Instead of calling the police, Emmit calls V.M. Varga, who recites Emmit a quote: what Lenin said about Beethoven's 23rd sonata.
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Origin and Etymology of sonata
Italian, from sonare to sound, from Latin
First Known Use: 1694See Words from the same year
SONATA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sonata for English Language Learners
music : a piece of music written for one or two instruments that has usually three or four large sections that are different from each other in rhythm and mood
SONATA Defined for Kids
Definition of sonata for Students
: a musical composition for one or two instruments consisting of three or four separate sections in different forms and keys
Word Root of sonata
The Latin word sonāre, meaning “to make a noise,” gives us the root son. Words from the Latin sonāre have something to do with making noise. A sound is a noise made by someone or something. Something sonic uses the waves noises make as they travel through the air. A sonata is a musical piece in which only one instrument makes noise. To resound is to become filled with noise.
Medical Definition of Sonata
—used for a preparation of zaleplon
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