Classical Music Forms: Symphonic, Sonata, Theme and Variation & Rondo Forms


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1. Identify the correct analysis of Rondo form.

2. The main feature of a Concerto is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several common forms of classical music. These learning tools will help you not only identify each form, but also name the parts, order, and characteristics of symphonies, sonatas, rondos, and concertos.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will test you on the following:

  • Definition of a motif
  • Order of movements in a symphony
  • Sonata part used for composer experimentation
  • Analysis of Rondo form
  • Main feature of a Concerto

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as motif
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about music composition to answer questions about musical form
  • Distinguishing differences - understand the differences between symphony, sonata, rondo, and concerto form

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, watch the accompanying lesson titled Classical Music Forms: Symphonic, Sonata, Theme and Variation & Rondo Forms. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how theme and variation can be used to experiment with one musical idea
  • Learn how many movements are in a symphony and how they are usually ordered
  • Describe the main difference between sonata and concerto
  • Appreciate why an understanding of classical music form can help the listener understand the artistic expressions of the composer