In musical composition, we tend to reuse sections of a piece in patterns that are referred to as "musical forms". Some basic examples of these that I know of are ABA, AABA, ABAB, and the rondo form ABACAB'A. While I recently became interested in finding out about more varying musical forms, the only one I was able to find that somewhat matches what I'm looking for is the Sonata Rondo form's infinitely varying ABACADAEA... pattern.
In short, what I would like to discover (if any exist at all):
- A musical form containing a large number of variations.
- Ideally the musical form should have a set end, rather than formulaic variance into infinity like the sonata rondo.
With that said, are there any musical forms that meet both of these requirements and contain more variations than the Rondo form?