Sonata da camera

'Chamber sonata': an instrumental work of the Baroque period, in three or more stylized dance movements (sometimes with a prefatory movement), scored for one or more melody instruments and continuo. Corelli's opp.2 and 4 contain typical examples.

After circa 1700 the genre overlapped increasingly with the sonata da chiesa and the title survived alone to describe the church or the fused type, such titles as partita, suite or ordre serving to describe collections of dance movements.

(See article Sonata da camera / Sonata da chiesa)