Although the term “sonata” broadly covered many instrumental works, it slowly evolved into a three-movement work similar to the concerto. The major difference was that the accompaniment was supplied by a continuo or a keyboard instrument in lieu of an orchestra. The major exception to this convention was the keyboard sonata; harpsichords and pianos were capable of supplying their own accompaniment. Instruments such as the flute, violin, or clarinet could not add the harmonic interest capable of a keyboard. There are, however, brilliant exceptions where solo instruments perform sonatas without any accompaniment, including the unaccompanied violin sonatas of Bach and, in the early twentieth century, Max Reger.
This subject pops up now and then and I always find it so interesting. Struggling to find an identity within the sewing/knitting/crochet/needlecraft community seems to be more of an issue recently as more and more people (men and women) are seeking to attach a label to their passion or profession. I am not sure that any one adjective accurately describes what we do. The diversity of style and skill sort of blocks that. In general, however, if one says “seamstress” mostly everyone figures out that you sew. I have grown to like “sewist” because it is rather generic. “Fabric Artists” is another label I have heard recently, however, it conjures up landscape quilting to garment sewers. If anyone can come up with a comprehensive label, I think we all would be happy to use it!