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a beautiful Mozart sonata
  a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms — usually for a solo instrument, but possibly for or a small ensemble
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  • a beautiful Mozart sonata
  • Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
    William F. Buckley, Jr.
  • I finger the notes of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no. 3 with my hands, as I often do when I listen to pieces I am working on.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • She knows she could play the sonata in her sleep—in fact, she often does.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • I learned to tell the difference between Beethoven and Bach, between a sonata and a concerto.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Lorenzo learned how to play pieces by Debussy ("Clair de lune"), Erik Satie (Gymnopedie no. 3), and Chopin (Sonata no. 2).
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I’d already recorded it once, along with a Chopin etude and a Bach prelude and fugue, but I wasn’t happy with the sonata and wanted to record it again.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I stood there in pounding embarrassment for long moments listening to the muffled sounds behind the bathroom door, aware now for the first time of the Scarlatti piano sonata that had been playing softly on the phonograph.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • About the only contact I’d had with art was in high school, in the Art Appreciation class we had to take in Grade Nine, where we listened to the Moonlight Sonata and interpreted it with wavy crayon lines, or drew a tulip in a vase.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Morning classical on the kitchen transistor, meditative piano sonata.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • From the far side of the house through the closed doors came the sound of difficult passages—twenty times repeated—of a sonata by Dussek.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We were going to play together, reminding ourselves of a Beethoven sonata that we had not played for some time and that gave us both great pleasure.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • "We’re both listening only in our head!" And he would start to conduct his frantic silent sonatas.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • But that some sonatas of Beethoven are written tragic no one can gainsay; yet they can triumph or despair as the player decides, and Lucy had decided that they should triumph.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "I’m sure M. Swann has never heard the sonata in F sharp which we discovered; he is going to play us the pianoforte arrangement."
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Above the shouts and constant susurration of the surf rose the unmistakable notes of a Bach flute sonata.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Children, most astute of match-makers, plot their campaigns quickly, and Sally had played a clever correspondence sonata to Isabelle’s excitable temperament.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Taking advantage of the visit of the famous pianist Romeo Lussich, who played a cycle of Mozart sonatas as soon as the city had recovered from mourning the death of General Ignacio Maria, Dr. Juvenal Urbino had the piano from the Music School placed in a mule-drawn wagon and brought a history-making serenade to Fermina Daza.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • What causes them to labour at pianoforte sonatas, and to learn four songs from a fashionable master at a guinea a lesson, and to play the harp if they have handsome arms and neat elbows, and to wear Lincoln Green toxophilite hats and feathers, but that they may bring down some "desirable" young man with those killing bows and arrows of theirs?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He’s a delight…… He talks about Beethoven sonatas and then slips back into another world.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • PHI appeared in the organizational structures of Mozart’s sonatas, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, as well as the works of Bartók, Debussy, and Schubert.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "I’m going to try to play Bach’s sonata number one," she quietly announced.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • And if the sonata had an origin in a place on earth, it was the place where Virgie, even, had never been and was not likely ever to go.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • And if the sonata had an origin in a place on earth, it was the place where Virgie, even, had never been and was not likely ever to go.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • From the fullness of the clouds, the arc of a swallow, and the sparkling of the sun upon a shattered river, came sonatas, symphonies, and songs.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • In the corner, a faun was playing a sonata upon a grand piano, its soothing melodies strangely out of sync with the rushed and hurried departures.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • This was followed by a Grieg sonata—salon music of a Nordic nature, which met with polite applause, even from the costumed and uncostumed patients seated now, bottles in ice-buckets at their sides, at the two bridge tables that had been set up.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Ronnie was so enveloped in misery, it took a second for her to recognize Mozart’s Sonata no.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Indeed, one of the books found in the bus with his remains was a collection of stories that included Tolstoy’s "The Kreutzer Sonata," in which the nobleman-turned-ascetic denounces "the demands of the flesh."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The window’s were open, and Jo, walking in the garden with Beth, for once understood music better than her sister, for he played the (Sonata Pathetique), and played it as he never did before.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • I only know the Moonlight Sonata and the Fifth Symphony.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Katya pulled out Mozart’s Sonata-Fantasia in C minor.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Kelly Armendariz busily tries to teach the opening bars of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to Mark Mclntosh on an old piano in the lounge.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • This allusion to Beethoven was actually Tomas’s first step back to Tereza, because she was the one who had induced him to buy records of the Beethoven quartets and sonatas.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • One time, feeling bold, I played a Mozart Sonata in an airport lobby, between connecting flights.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • They often held receptions and evenings of chamber music at which piano trios, violin sonatas, and string quartets were performed.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The three of them had soaked themselves in The Meaning of Love and The Kreutzer Sonata and had a mania for preaching chastity.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • I hear the first few bars of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • She has to know the Sonata.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • They went up to the door of the sitting room from which came the sound of the oft-repeated passage of the sonata.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There was to be a first performance of a violin sonata by a young composer, a pupil of Taneiev’s, and a trio by Tchaikovsky.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • From inside, she could hear the soft sounds of the piano, and she recognized the sonata by Edvard Grieg in E minor.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • I concentrate on the notes, imagining myself playing, feeling grateful for this chance to practice, happy to be in a warm car with my sonata and my family.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Her favorite sonata bore her into a most intimately poetic world and the look she felt upon her made that world still more poetic.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The sonata was known to be dry, labored, and boring.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Then it went quiet, except for this: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • The electricity rose up his spine and he trembled not from shock but because, over the sound of the guns, he was still able to hear sonatas, symphonies, and songs.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • No one can get really drunk on a novel or a painting, but who can help getting drunk on Beethoven’s Ninth, Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, or the Beatles’ White Album?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She and Dad listened downstairs while I was up in my room practicing a Vivaldi sonata.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • His first offering is a Beethoven cello sonata, and this drab concrete corner of downtown Los Angeles, with its nearby settlement of bug-bitten denizens and moving clouds of noxious vehicle exhaust, is transformed into a place of lilting repose.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
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