What are some characteristics of Sonatas in the twentieth century?

I'm aware of some of the characteristics of sonatas in both the baroque and classical era, but I was wondering how the style had changed over time and if there are any characteristics that are unique or even the same in the twentieth century?

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  • 1 year ago

    It is entirely up to the composer, how much they wish to adheer to a traditional form - and how much they creatively deviate. You will always find throwbacks and nods to previous era's compositions - but creative people move forward, even when they set themselves an exercise, like a fugue, sonata, concerto. Listen to some more modern sonatas with a score in front of you (IMSLP) and compare for yourself.

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