Sonata Form in the Classical Era

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“Sonata form in the Classical Era” The Classical era a huge time period that is considered one of the most important in music history. Some of the most famous compositions, music ideology, and composers have advanced at this time. One of the most important things that was mastered at this time was the use of Sonata Form. To bring everything into context it is important to look at Sonata Form as the structure its self and how some of the best composers at this time take this form and used it to create their own master pieces. Form is one of the most important variables that distinguish the Classical era in music to others such as the Baroque, where form was used still but not as distinguished, and the Romantic where composers began to slowly step away from the concrete structured systems. Sonata form can be discussed on many different aspects but most importantly it is better to look at how a piece written in Sonata form is composed in terms of structure. Also it is important to look at how composers in time in Music history have taken this flexible structure and create their own master pieces using the basic structure as guidelines. The Origins of the Sonata form comes from generally the Baroque period. Primarily the Sonata from can be looked as a innovation, or an advancement of binary form (A-B-A) which was common in French dance movements. “The origins of the ‘simultaneous returns are more complex. A return of the opening Music in the tonic was common following a ‘Trio’, and in the da capo aria, the Italian opera overture, the concerto and the simple aria. Sonata form transformed the division within the second part of rounded binary from into a return to the original theme in the tonic.” (Webster) Writing in a piece in Sonata Form for an 18th century composer it is important to remember there are not specific rules to this form, the structure that is

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