sonata-rondo

noun
so·​na·​ta-ron·​do
plural sonata-rondos

Definition of sonata-rondo

: a musical form that combines sonata form and rondo (see rondo entry 1 sense 3) form typically by treating the second theme group as the first rondo episode and the development (see development sense 6) as the second episode and in which the recapitulation is followed by a restatement of the first theme From an historical point of view it is particularly distinguished as it is the first example of sonata-rondo, the form which mixed elements of the simple rondo with the idea of development inherent in the more serious first movement, or sonata form.— Raymond Leppard, Raymond Leppard on Music, 1993 also : a composition in this form — compare rondeau, rondo

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of sonata-rondo

1929, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About sonata-rondo

Time Traveler for sonata-rondo

Time Traveler

The first known use of sonata-rondo was in 1929

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near sonata-rondo

sonata form

sonata-rondo

sonatina

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for sonata-rondo

Cite this Entry

“Sonata-rondo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sonata-rondo. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!