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Definitions of sonata

  1. a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. An extended composition for one or two instruments, consisting usually of three or four movements; as, Beethoven's sonatas for the piano, for the violin and piano, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A musical composition in three or four related but varied movements, usually for one instrument. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A musical composition for one or more instruments, consisting of three or more movements or divisions. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Musical composition in several divisions for one instrument. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. An instrumental composition, in three or four movements. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A tune intended for a solo instrument. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A short piece of music intended for an instrument only-cantata, a piece for the voice. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
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  10. s[=o]-nä'ta, n. a musical composition usually of three or more movements or divisions, designed chiefly for a solo instrument.--n. SONATINA (s[=o]-nä-t[=e]'na), a short or simplified sonata. [It.,--L. son[=a]re, to sound.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. Instrumental composition, esp. for piano, of three or four movements (one or more in s. form) in contrasted rhythms but related keys; s. form, mode of composition in which two themes are successively set forth, developed, & restated. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. [It.] (Music.) At first, a musical composition of but one movement, an air set instrumentally. Then, of more elegant character, were the Sonata di Chiesa, Church Sonata, slow and solemn ; and Sonata di Camera, Chamber Sonata, admitting airs such as the Allcmande, Sarabande, etc. Now a Sonata. has generally a first movement, allegro ; a second, the slow movement; and a final allegro, of light character. Sometimes a fourth movement is interposed, a scherzo, or minuet and trio, between the slow movement and the final allegro. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  13. n. [Italian, Latin] A musical composition for one or two instruments, consisting usually of three or four movements. Cabinet Dictionary

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