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moonlight sonata

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Moonlight Sonata definition

A sonata for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. An early commentator remarked that the tranquil first movement reminded him of moonlight on the waves.

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  • And this was the origin of the moonlight sonata with which we are all so fondly acquainted.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Schumann's "Carnaval" did not cheer them, nor did the "moonlight sonata" move them.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • The final movement of the "moonlight sonata" was to him the highest interpretation of humanity's yearning for deliverance.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • "I love the 'moonlight sonata' beyond all other music," he said.

  • The "moonlight sonata," however, is less rigid in form than the average sonata.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • And this was the origin of that moonlight sonata with which we are all so fondly acquainted.

    School Reading by Grades James Baldwin
  • She glided into the melancholy arpeggios of the moonlight sonata, without looking up from the keys.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • There is the 'moonlight sonata' open, and tempting me, on the music-stand.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • Such anatomical intimacy with the piano would destroy for me the bewitchment of the moonlight sonata.

  • She is going to read the 'moonlight sonata' to us at our next concert.

    Coffee and Repartee John Kendrick Bangs

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