Definition of sonata in English:

sonata

noun

  • A composition for an instrumental soloist, often with a piano accompaniment, typically in several movements with one or more in sonata form.

    • ‘It would have been wonderful if Serkin had recorded all thirty-two Beethoven piano sonatas when he was in his prime, but it was not to be.’
    • ‘The programme for the evening comprises four of the ten sonatas Beethoven composed for piano and violin.’
    • ‘His first piano sonata, string quartet and chamber ensemble pieces are Beethovenian in form and content.’
    • ‘There are movements from three sonatas by Scarlatti; sonatas by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and works by Bach.’
    • ‘Apart from these three suites, there are two piano sonatas and just a handful of smaller works.’

Origin

Late 17th century: Italian, literally sounded (originally as distinct from sung), feminine past participle of sonare.

Pronunciation:

sonata

/səˈnɑːtə/