The rondo on the WWW
An instrumental form based on a
repeating section, but between every appearance of this section, a new
composition is deployed. Therefore, it can
be described as a strophic form or an a-b-a-c-a... structure. The source
of its name is an ancient French
dance. The rondo form is one of the most widely
accepted forms in music, since it combines the reprise of a known section
with the diversity and novelty of new parts that keep coming. Thus it is
used in works by Rameau,
and other. A famous rondo is the one in Purcell's
Among composers of the classic
era, such as Haydn,
it evolved into a form called "rondo-sonata"
which is a combination of the rondo principle
with the sonata (simply, it is a sonata with
an additional appearance of section 'A' before the development unit). The
structure of this form is a-b-a-c-a-b-a.
Note that many works are not titled
"rondo", yet they are built as one.
For example, different mazurkas,
were written in the rondo structure.
One must not confuse this with
a polyphonic song that lacked the structure that characterised the rondo
since the 17th century.
By Nadav Dafni