Sonata vs. Concerto

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(music) A musical composition for one or a few instruments, one of which is frequently a piano, in three or four movements that vary in key and tempo


(music) A piece of music for one or more solo instruments and orchestra.


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.


A composition (usually in symphonic form with three movements) in which one instrument (or two or three) stands out in bold relief against the orchestra, or accompaniment, so as to display its qualities or the performer's skill.


a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms


a composition for orchestra and a soloist



Sonata (; Italian: [soˈnaːta], pl. sonate; from Latin and Italian: sonare [archaic Italian; replaced in the modern language by suonare], ), in music, literally means a piece played as opposed to a cantata (Latin and Italian cantare, ), a piece sung.

‘to sound’; ‘to sing’;


A concerto (; plural concertos, or concerti from the Italian plural) is, from the late Baroque era, mostly understood as an instrumental composition, written for one or more soloists accompanied by an orchestra or other ensemble. The typical three-movement structure, a slow movement (e.g., lento or adagio) preceded and followed by fast movements (e.g.

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