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    What are the diferences betwen baroque organ sonatas an the ones written in romanticism.Of course they sound different becouse the instrument it self but I am more interested in the form of the sonata.
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    Well I'm not an expert on the subject. But can contribute. The origin of the sonata term comes from a differentiation between music to be played (sonare) and to be sing (cantare). So that originated both terms, sonata and cantata.
    In barroque, though it has usually a binary form (scarlatti's sonatas for instance), the form is far from being as developed as during the classical and romantic period. Bach trio sonatas for organ, are really interesting as they are really very close to the early classical period (rococo or galante) and the form is much more elaborated than those of the early baroque. However, they are not the typical sonata form found in Beethoven or Schubert...
    Hope this serves as an introduction
    nachoBA
    PD: Please anyone correct if something I've said is wrong...

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    Most sonatas I know was written for the piano like Moonlight Sonata
    by Beethoven. I have tried it on the organ and forgot how some of
    it went! That can leave you flusterd to forget how a piece goes
    when you are the one playing it. This is how it feels like for me
    and I hate mistakes when I repeat it over and over again until I find
    out different. I would rather do it right the first time.
    judy tooley

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    Well actually during the romantic period a lot of sonatas were specifically written for the organ. I guess the most notable examples are Mendelsohn's and Rheinberger's ones.
    cheers

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