Sonata vs Minuet - What's the difference?

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In context|music|lang=en terms the difference between sonata and minuet

is that sonata is (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 while minuet is (music) a movement which is part of a longer musical composition such as a suite, sonata, or symphony which is inspired by and conforming to formal characteristics of the dance of same name.

As nouns the difference between sonata and minuet

is that sonata is (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 while minuet is a slow graceful dance consisting of a , a high step, and a balance.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

sonata

English

(wikipedia sonata)

Noun

(en noun)
  • (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
  • Derived terms

    * sonata form * sonatina

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    minuet

    English

    (wikipedia minuet)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A slow graceful dance consisting of a , a high step, and a balance.
  • (music) A tune or air to regulate the movements of the minuet dance: it has the dance form, and is commonly in , measure.
  • (music) A complete short musical composition inspired by and conforming to many formal characteristics of the traditional musical accompaniment to the dance of same name.
  • (music) A movement which is part of a longer musical composition such as a suite, sonata, or symphony which is inspired by and conforming to formal characteristics of the dance of same name.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To dance a minuet .
  • * 1838 , , A Voyage Round the World , page 318,
  • After he had raved his time upon the stage, the ladies and knights again minueted for an hour, and again gave place.
  • * 1840 , "An Officer of the U. S. Navy," Around the World: A Narrative of a Voyage in the East India Squadron, Under Commodore George C. Read , page 163,
  • Within the same circle with the pigeons, were beautiful albatrosses, poising and minueting with them in the most pleasing fellowship.
  • * 2001 , Tony Sharp, Pleasure and Ambition: The Life, Loves and Wars of Augustus the Strong , page 185,
  • This set the pattern for four years, as the two monarchs minueted around the vast Commonwealth, never again to face each other personally in battle.

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