American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A form of movement consisting of three sections, the exposition, development, and recapitulation, often followed by a coda.
- n. music A form of classical music consisting of a single movement divided into three main sections, namely - the exposition (in the tonic and then another key), development (modulating in different keys) and recapitulation (returning to the tonic), sometimes followed by a coda
- n. a musical form having 3 sections -- exposition and development and recapitulation; characteristic of 1st movement of a sonata or symphony
“Adopting the sonata form as scientifically illustrated by Emanuel Bach, he introduced it into compositions for the orchestra and the chamber.”
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