Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A musical composition built on the alternation of a principal recurring theme and contrasting episodes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A musical composition, commonly of a lively, cheerful character, in which the first strain recurs after each of the other strains.
  • n. A small, disk-shaped piece of food, especially a single-serving dessert or small piece of candy.
  • n. A dark-skinned, hybrid grape officially of the species Vitis vinifera

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A composition, vocal or instrumental, commonly of a lively, cheerful character, in which the first strain recurs after each of the other strains.
  • n. See Rondeau, 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music: Same as round, 7 .
  • n. A setting of a rondeau or similar poem.
  • n. A work or movement in which a principal phrase or section is several times repeated in its original key in alternation with contrasted phrases or sections in the same or other keys.
  • n. A game of hazard played with small balls on a table.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata

Etymologies

Italian rondò, from French rondeau, rondeau; see rondeau.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian rondo, from French rondeau. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The student should note particularly the problem of repetition and contrast (mentioned in Sec. 134) as here worked out, as the rondo was the first monophonic form in which this matter was at all satisfactorily solved, and its construction is especially interesting because it is readily seen to be one of the direct predecessors of the highest form of all -- the sonata.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • On his way to the gourbi, his mental occupation was a very laborious effort to put together what he was pleased to call a rondo, upon a model of versification all but obsolete.

    Off on a Comet

  • The marker was a scrap of paper torn from the scribbling pad and on it, in Knighton's stylized 'rondo' handwriting, were written a few lines of verse.

    The Speaker Of Mandarin

  • There is only one air, a kind of rondo in the second act, where she has an opportunity of sustaining her voice, and thus showing what she can do.

    The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • But as just one of its many felicities, the rondo-like slow movement's steadily paced march theme is also eerily reminiscent of similar ones by the composer's other beloved predecessor, Franz Schubert.

    Rodney Punt: World Premiere by Peter Golub at Chamber Music Palisades

  • Xavi talks about the rondo – piggy in the middle – as the cornerstone of everything.

    Pep Guardiola the purist and pragmatist oiling Barcelona's machine

  • Orozco-Estrada may have been too indulgent of her slow adagio, but her clear vision of the final rondo again underlined a real artist in the making.

    Vienna Tonkünstler/Andrés Orozco-Estrada – review

  • Uchida gave an almost classical strictness to the sonata's opening movement, before turning the scherzo into a fleet, almost dreamlike vision, colouring the modulations of the Largo quite magically, and romping exuberantly through the rondo finale.

    Mitsuko Uchida

  • The orchestra in that rondo relishes the twists in the bass line and, throughout, is a model of sophistication.

    Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos 1-4 – review

  • An early draft of “The Day the Pig Fell into the Well” – a long story with elaborate Chekhovian nuances, meant to “operate something like a rondo,” as Cheever wrote his friend and New Yorker editor William Maxwell – was completed in 1949, though the magazine did not make space for it until five years later.

    June « 2009 « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

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