nontonic

nontonic

(ˌnɒnˈtɒnɪk)
adj
(Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics (of a vowel or syllable) not stressed or tonic
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Significantly, the harmonies do not settle into the tonic key by the end of line 4 but rather cadence in the nontonic key of F minor, thus underlining the restless passion here.
It is not even clear whether the break represents a preparatory passage for a refrain in the center of a rondo form, the midst of a development section in an expanded sonata form, or the start of a nontonic recapitulation in such a sonata form.