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formal design for first movement of a composition. 3 subcategories:
1. Exposition: two tonal areas with a bridge modulating one tonal key to another.
2. Development: moves through several keys.
3. Recapitulation: Closing section which may end the tonic, or the composer may add an optional closing passage (coda)
18th century movement led by French intellectuals who advocated reason as universal source of knowledge and truth
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