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  • with Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos playing in the background
  • Playing a concerto with Zubin is like being surrounded by a well-loved, cashmere-lined silk glove.
    Isaac Stern
  • asked me what i meant about the mathematical variance equivalent in dorbermann’s fifth concerto.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • "That’s sounding quite beautiful," Simon said toward the end of camp as he listened to me practice a movement from Hayden’s Cello Concerto no. 2, a piece that had given me no end of trouble when I’d first attempted it last spring.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay

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  • "Tell Jace Herondale that he plays Chopin’s Concerto no. 2 very well," he said, and vanished after Tessa, into the crowd.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • I learned to tell the difference between Beethoven and Bach, between a sonata and a concerto.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Then I’d realize it was Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20 in D Minor from two hundred years ago.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Concertos are these tapestries, and all the other bolts of cloth are serenades, waltzes, overtures, and rhapsodies.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • I said: "Concerto."
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Halfway through the week, Abby and the girls were sitting on the screen porch one afternoon shucking corn, and they heard Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. i playing out back.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • The concerto ends.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It was one Sunday afternoon when Nollie and her family were visiting that Peter suddenly spoke up in the middle of a Brahms concerto.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I don’t know why I was at the same time so buoyed up and saddened by the lovely and plaintive sound of the Haydn concerto for cello, washing down soft on the summer evening when I approached the house.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Chris put a cello concerto by Dvotak on the stereo, but eventually we switched to the Dixie Chicks.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Mr. Dussel makes the beds (all wrong, of course), always whistling the same Beethoven violin concerto as he goes about his work.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He played a fragment from Beethoven’s concerto.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Many of Wolfgang’s childhood compositions, such as the first seven of his concertos for piano and orchestra, are largely arrangements of works by other composers.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He chose the concerto that Ronnie had played at her performance at Carnegie Hall, and closing his eyes, he concentrated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Elizabeth, easy and unaffected, had been listened to with much more pleasure, though not playing half so well; and Mary, at the end of a long concerto, was glad to purchase praise and gratitude by Scotch and Irish airs, at the request of her younger sisters, who, with some of the Lucases, and two or three officers, joined eagerly in dancing at one end of the room.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Lucy first put an end to it by saying in a lower tone, though Marianne was then giving them the powerful protection of a very magnificent concerto— "I will honestly tell you of one scheme which has lately come into my head, for bringing matters to bear; indeed I am bound to let you into the secret, for you are a party concerned.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • That was how the telegraphic correspondence with Florentino Ariza stopped being a concerto of intentions and illusory promises and became methodical and practical and more intense than ever.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • When he was not performing himself, he played tapes of the great symphonies and concertos, so that the villa was never silent.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • One might have looked at them and thought they would compose concertos or epic poems.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • By now, it was not likely she could play the opening movement of her Liszt concerto.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • By now, it was not likely she could play the opening movement of her Liszt concerto.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • A violin concerto played from a hidden speaker.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Cox looked at the watchers, and bowed and waved like a musician who had just played a very difficult piano concerto.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • If you want to know what it is, he told himself, listen to the first phrases of Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto—or the last movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She let a moment pass, before she said slowly and very carefully, "Richard Halley wrote only four concertos."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In his pocket was a set of reed pipes his daddy goat had carved for him, even though he only knew two songs: Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • A recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto in C minor was being broadcast, and just as the second, beautiful, peaceful movement was coming to an end a German bomb destroyed the power station.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The sky was darkening steadily, which brought up the lights in the dormitories and the old houses; a loud phonograph a long way off played Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, rejected that and played They’re Either Too Young or Too Old, grew more ambitious with The Warsaw Concerto, mellower with The Nutcracker Suite, and then stopped.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • She’d give her two eyes to have a house like this with flowers and birds abroad in the garden and the wireless playing that lovely Warsaw Concerto or the Dream of Olwyn and no end of cups and saucers with angels shooting arrows.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Concerto Grosso in F Major by Handel.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He did, however, dig up and copy Camille Saint—Saens’s Concerto for Violoncello.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • …of a hotel room in Mazatlan whose door had just been slammed, it seemed forever, waking up two hundred birds down in the lobby; a sunrise over the library slope at Cornell University that nobody out on it had seen because the slope faces west; a dry, disconsolate tune from the fourth movement of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra; a whitewashed bust of Jay Gould that Pierce kept over the bed on a shelf so narrow for it she’d always had the hovering fear it would someday topple on them.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • You know that there are only four Halley Concertos.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was a few moments before she realized that she was whistling a piece of music-and that it was the theme of Halley’s Fifth Concerto.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A fifth concerto, Miss Taggart?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was his Fourth Concerto, the last work he had written.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The Concerto was a great cry of rebellion.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Dagny listened to the Fourth Concerto, her head thrown back, her eyes closed.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was Halley’s new Concerto, recently written, the Fourth.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Do you happen to know whether he has written a Fifth Concerto?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • What made you think that there was a Fifth Concerto?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Why specifically a concerto?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The great burst of sound was the opening chords of Halley’s Fourth Concerto.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was Halley’s Concerto swung into a popular tune.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She was hearing sounds now, even the music; it was Halley’s mangled Concerto, somewhere far away.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • When the voice of Mr. Ayers, courteously eager, inquired of what service he could be to her, she asked, "Can you tell me whether Richard Halley has written a new piano concerto, the Fifth?"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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