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A composition for one or more solo instruments, one of which is usually a keyboard instrument, usually consisting of three or four independent movements varying in key, mood, and tempo.
[Italian, from feminine past participle of sonare, to sound, from Latin sonāre; see swen- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Classical Music) an instrumental composition, usually in three or more movements, for piano alone (piano sonata) or for any other instrument with or without piano accompaniment (violin sonata, cello sonata, etc). See also sonata form, symphony1, concerto1
2. (Classical Music) a one-movement keyboard composition of the baroque period
[C17: from Italian, from sonare to sound, from Latin]
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n., pl. -tas.
a musical composition for solo instrument or a small number of instruments typically in three or four movements in contrasting forms and keys.
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An instrumental work in three or four movements for soloist or with piano accompaniment.
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|Noun||1.||sonata - a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms|
classical, classical music, serious music - traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
piano sonata - a sonata for piano
sonatina - a short and simple sonata
movement - a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; "the second movement is slow and melodic"
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sonata[səˈnɑːtə] N → sonata f
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sonata[səˈnɑːtə] n → sonate f
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n → Sonate f
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sonata[səˈnɑːtə] n → sonata
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