Sonata Music Recordings

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 Romantic
2 Viola Sonatas, Op.3 (BI 324, 325) Alessandro Rolla Viola Classical
3 Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV 1027-1029 Johann Sebastian Bach Viola da gamba Baroque
3 Sonatas, Op. 3 Hyacinthe Jadin Piano Classical
4 Flute Sonatas Johann Philipp Kirnberger Flute Baroque
6 Cello Sonatas, Op.1 Benedetto Marcello Cello Baroque
6 Harpsichord Sonatas, Op. 1 Baldassare Galuppi Harpsichord Baroque
10 Sonatas for 2 Violins and Continuo, Op. 5 Gottfried Finger Chamber group Baroque
12 Solos, Op.3 John Loeillet Flute Baroque
12 Sonate d’intavolatura per l’organo e ’l cembalo Giovanni Battista Martini Organ Baroque
12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 2 Jean-Marie Leclair Violin Baroque
24 kurze und leichte Orgel-Sonaten Johann Melchior Dreyer Organ Classical
Armonico tributo Georg Muffat String Orchestra Baroque
Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821 Franz Schubert Arpeggione Romantic
Bassoon Sonata, Op.168 Camille Saint-Saëns Bassoon Romantic
Cello Sonata Claude Debussy Solo Instrument and Piano Early 20th Century
Cello Sonata in Bb, RV 45 Antonio Vivaldi Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Cello sonata in D, from 12 Sonatas, Op. 6 Pietro Locatelli Solo Instrument and Piano Baroque
Cello Sonata in Em, RV 40 Antonio Vivaldi Solo Instrument and Piano Baroque
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 Frédéric Chopin Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic