Sonata Development to the Present

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Witchaya Ruangrak


 Sonata is a word that has more than one definition which changes according to what context it is. In some contexts, a sonata is a type of musical composition. However, under a different context it could refer to its form. Both definitions have gone hand in hand from the latter parts of the Baroque period until today’s present time. It is necessary to have the knowledge and proper understanding of various compositional techniques of a composer and their piece and a proper understanding of the sonata form itself. Therefore, the proper understanding of the structure of the sonata form is an element that greatly affects musical performances and compositions. The study of sonata form within this article includes knowledge and information from various forms of publications written by Thai and international experts. This article also includes the study of pieces composed by Thai and International composers. All this to obtain different points of view. For that reason, the study of the sonata form and its development since the end of the Baroque period until today is very important to strengthen one understanding of a piece, the understanding of the sonata form, and to properly classify and distinguish the sonata form from other forms in
music. Additionally, this will also affect how we perform a piece or how we compose a piece when we really understand the essence of the sonata form.


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Ruangrak, W. . (2021). Sonata Development to the Present. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Suratthani Rajabhat University, 13(2), 192–208. Retrieved from
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