What's in a Word | All Blogs


Sonata notes

By Debra Dobbins

A sonata is 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,” according to The Free Dictionary.

The word came into English in the 1690s, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, and it was taken from “Italian sonata, ‘piece of instrumental music,’ literally ‘sounded’ (i.e. ‘played on an instrument,’ as opposed to cantata ‘sung’).”

“The term took on increasing importance in the Classical period, and by the early 19th century the word came to represent a principle of composing large scale works,” according to Wikipedia.

Ludwig van Beethoven's manuscript sketch for Piano Sonata No. 28, Movement IV
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Moab just gives and gives
By Robin Dearing
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A cool new (but extremely old) way to water beds that have no built-in irrigation
By Penny Stine
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My dog days are over
By Robin Dearing
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Things
By Julie Norman
Monday, March 30, 2015

CRANES!
By Nic.Korte
Sunday, March 29, 2015


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2015 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy