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moonlight sonata

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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  • Schumann's "Carnaval" did not cheer them, nor did the "moonlight sonata" move them.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • "I love the 'moonlight sonata' beyond all other music," he said.

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

    School Reading by Grades James Baldwin
  • And this was the origin of the moonlight sonata with which we are all so fondly acquainted.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • There is the 'moonlight sonata' open, and tempting me, on the music-stand.

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

    Coffee and Repartee John Kendrick Bangs
  • 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
  • Then she began, so low as scarcely to be audible, the first movement of the wonderful "moonlight sonata."

    King Midas Upton Sinclair
  • Such anatomical intimacy with the piano would destroy for me the bewitchment of the moonlight sonata.

  • 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

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