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Why so many repeats in classical music?

Another aspect that hasn't been mentioned is that performers often would play things differently the second time around. We often think of improvisation as a more modern trend, but that isn't ...
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Why so many repeats in classical music?

The repetition is part of the classical Sonata form, but it was standard long before the classical sonata became a recognized form. In particular, it was used in baroque times when the entire notion ...
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Why so many repeats in classical music?

Some repeats are varied. Other times repeats are used to establish the key of opening. Even with repeats, there are some variations. A simple AABB piece is not as repetitive as it looks. There are 5 ...
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Why so many repeats in classical music?

The superficial answer is that the sonata form arose as an extension of baroque forms that traditionally featured repeats, as others have mentioned. Baroque dances typically had two repeated sections ...
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Why so many repeats in classical music?

If composers think that repetition is useful, why not add a section that has slight differences to make the music more interesting? This already happens in classical style, but on a smaller scale, on ...
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Why so many repeats in classical music?

I mostly agree with Darrel Hoffman's answer that points out the historical basis for repeats often involved variation/improvisation in those repeats. We have plenty of historical examples of ...
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