Although the name "Sonatina" has no strict definition,
it is generally applied to a piece that resembles a
"Sonata" - but is smaller in stature. Sonatinas are
usually shorter in length, lighter in character, and
less technically demanding than the typical sonata.
Historically the term has been in use since at least
the late baroque era. An early example being a one-page
keyboard keyboard piece by G. F. Handel called
"Sonatina". Although it is most often applied to
keyboard works, a number of composers have written
sonatinas for violin and piano (e.g. Sonatina in G
major for Violin and Piano by Antonín Dvorák); and
occasionally for other instruments, (e.g. the Clarinet
Sonatina by Malcolm Arnold).
Sonatinas are often pieces suitable for students such
as the piano sonatinas by Muzio Clementi. However, some
are technically virtuosic such as the Sonatine by
Ravel. On the other hand some sonatas could well have
been called sonatinas : Beethoven's Op. 49 - Two Easy
Sonatas for Piano which both comprise two short
movements, and are well within the grasp of the
This is a free sheet music for flute and bassoon duet.