One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A composition for an instrumental soloist, often with a piano accompaniment, typically in several movements with one or more in sonata form.
- ‘His first piano sonata, string quartet and chamber ensemble pieces are Beethovenian in form and content.’
- ‘There are movements from three sonatas by Scarlatti; sonatas by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and works by Bach.’
- ‘It would have been wonderful if Serkin had recorded all thirty-two Beethoven piano sonatas when he was in his prime, but it was not to be.’
- ‘Apart from these three suites, there are two piano sonatas and just a handful of smaller works.’
- ‘The programme for the evening comprises four of the ten sonatas Beethoven composed for piano and violin.’
Late 17th century: Italian, literally ‘sounded’ (originally as distinct from ‘sung’), feminine past participle of sonare.
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