I was going to provide a definition of a sonata but as I searched for a
proper definition, I found that it truly lacks a precise
definition. In the definitions I have read there were more 'ifs'
'ands' 'sometimes' and 'buts' than in a rugby rule book. Suffice
to say it is usually defined as a
symphony in one movement. Of all the sonatas there are two
collections that I love and they are Mozart's and Beethoven's. I
would give Beethoven's a listen first and then Mozart's. Nearly
everyone is familiar with Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata.
in A major (K331) third movement "Alla turca" or "Turkish Rondo" is a
very popular piece and has been used in commercials and TV for quite a
while. Just for the record Beethoven wrote 32 sonatas for piano
and Mozart wrote 18.
Let's see. We have not covered symphonies yet! I think it
is time we explore the symphony.