Definition and background:
A form popular in the late Classical era that consisted of a short or "light" sonata; often the sonatina contained an exposition and recapitulation without the development section. The form has been revived in the 20th century by various composers. a shorter, structurally simpler version of a sonata, usually with a briefer development section
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