Sonata Music Recordings and Sheet Music

A sonata is a work in three or four movements (rarely two, or more than four) for a single instrument or a small number of performers. The term evolved through the history of music, designating a variety of forms prior to the Classical era. By the early 19th century the word came to define a multi movement work, almost always including a first movement in the so called 'sonata form', a second movement of a slow, contrasting character; a dance for third movement, and a finale in a rondo, theme and variations, or sonata form. The term 'sonata form' refers to the layout of the first movement of a sonata, which confronts two main themes of different quality, develops them and then recapitulates. This soon became a basic principle in academic music writing. It was applied to many forms of large works, and, together with the fugue, defined the composition and musical analysis procedures for almost a century. Today it is still widely studied, and sonatas continued to be written, even if musical languages have changed.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
1.X.1905 Leoš Janáček Piano Early 20th Century
2 Cello Sonatas Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto Solo Instrument and Piano Baroque
2 Cello Sonatas Francesco Chabran Solo Instrument and Piano Classical
2 Clarinet (or Viola) Sonatas, Op.120 Johannes Brahms Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
2 Clarinet Sonatas, Op.49 Max Reger Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
2 Flute Sonatas Johann Baptist Wendling Solo instrument and Continuo Classical
2 Flute Sonatas, Op.76 Ferdinand Ries Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
2 Harpsichord or Piano Sonatas, Op.1 Gervais-François Couperin Piano Classical
2 Keyboard Sonatas, Op.1 Joseph Woelfl Piano Classical
2 Keyboard Sonatas, Op.8 Julie Candeille Piano Classical
2 Keyboard Sonatas, Op.12 Emanuel Aloys Förster Piano Classical
2 Keyboard Sonatas, Weinmann 80 Franz Anton Hoffmeister Piano Classical
2 Organ Sonatas Joseph Callaerts Organ Romantic
2 Piano Sonatas, Op. 6 Muzio Clementi Piano Classical
2 Piano Sonatas, Op. 24 Muzio Clementi Piano Classical
2 Piano Sonatas, Op.3 George Frederick Pinto Piano Classical
2 Pièces parues dans 'Le Mercure Galant' Johann Paul von Westhoff Solo instrument and Continuo Baroque
2 Sonatas Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber group Classical
2 Sonatas for 2 Pianos, Op.275 Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke Chamber group Romantic
2 Sonatas for Horn and Strings Luigi Cherubini Chamber group Classical
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