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Sonata – Sheet Music & Scores

One of the most important forms of classical music is without a doubt the sonata. The meaning of the term “sonata”, which is derived from the Italian word “sonare” which means “to sound” or “to play”, has changed considerably over time. Browse our sheet music and scores, grab your all your favourites, and find out more about the sonata here today!

The History of the Sonata

The term “sonata” derives from the second half of the 16th century, and refers to different types of instrumental compositions for two or more instruments. The term came about to distinguish the sonata from solo pieces for keyboard instruments, and from pieces with singing, such as cantatas.

The Baroque Sonata

The main difference between the baroque sonata and the classical sonata is the number of movements, the baroque sonata has at least four or more, in which slow and fast tempos alternate regularly. The baroque sonata is divided into two basic types:

Sonata da camera (“Chamber Sonata”) – which has a light dance character and is the predecessor of the baroque dance suite.

Sonata da chiesa (“Church sonata”) – which is usually in four movements and has a more serious character.

Depending on the size of the line-up, Baroque sonatas can be further subdivided into Solo Sonata for one instrument (usually violin) and basso continuo, and Trio Sonata for two solo instruments and basso continuo.

One of the most well-known composers of the Baroque sonata is the Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713). Both the Church Sonatas by Corelli and the Chamber Sonatas by Corelli are still very popular with instrumentalists and listeners today.

The Neapolitan Overture

At the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, the sonata da chiesa gradually evolved into what is known as the Neapolitan overture, where the introductory slow movement has been removed. The result was a three-movement form, with the tempo structure fast-slow-fast within each movement, which became the model not only for the classical sonata, but also for many other musical forms.

The Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) contributed a great deal to the development of the sonata. The Sonatas by Scarlatti were usually composed in the traditional sonata form, a one-movement work with two contrasting themes.

The Classical Sonata

During the Classical period, the sonata continued to develop and evolve. At that time, the term “sonata” was mainly understood to mean Piano Sonatas, or sonatas for another solo instrument with piano accompaniment. In its basic form, a classical sonata consists of three, or occasionally four movements, where the first fast movement is written in ’sonata form’, the second movement is slower, and the third movement is usually fast again, and can take various forms.

In a four-movement sonata, a dance movement in the form of a minuet or a scherzo is usually inserted before the last movement. The greatest exponents of the sonata were arguably three composers of the first Viennese school, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven’s most famous sonata is without a doubt the Moonlight Sonata.

A few Sonata links

Mario Pilati

Sonata

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 681335

13.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Francis Poulenc

Sonata

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 279909

14.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Antonio Vivaldi

Complete Sonatas for Cello and Basso Continuo

Edited from the sources
Wiener Urtext Edition

for: Cello, basso continuo

Piano score, parts

Item no.: 471291

35.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonaten für Klavier und Violine 1 KV 301-306

Die Kurfürstin-Sonaten "Opus 1"
Mit einer bezeichneten und einer unbezeichneten Streicherstimme
Urtext

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 160396

27.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Francesco Saverio Geminiani

Sonata in E minor

Hortus Musicus 178

for: Oboe [flute/violin], basso continuo

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 122140

11.50 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonaten und Partiten für Violine solo

BWV 1001–1006

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 378868

19.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

Selected Piano Pieces

The Bartók Performing Editions-Instruktive Ausgaben von Béla Bártok

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 771806

14.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonatas 1

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 481631

15.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Antonio Vivaldi

9 Sonatas RV 39-47

9 Sonate RV 39-47
EMB Urtext

for: Cello, basso continuo

Piano score, solo part (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 180722

17.60 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Antonio Vivaldi

Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo

Edited from the sources and provided with Notes on Interpretation
Wiener Urtext Edition

for: Violin, basso continuo

Piano score, parts

Item no.: 606980

35.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Johannes Brahms

Sonate A-Dur op. 100

für Violine und Klavier
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, 2 solo parts

Item no.: 645983

12.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

25 Sonaten

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 138800

26.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Benedetto Marcello

12 sonate op. 2

Parte prima No. 1 - 6
EMB Urtext

for: Flute, basso continuo

Score, Parts (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 193252

21.90 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata For Two Cellos

2 Violoncelles - Ou 2 Bassons

for: 2 Cellos or 2 Bassoons

Book

Item no.: 266525

15.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Joseph Haydn

4 Keyboard Sonatas

Volume 3: Sonata C minor Hob. XVI/20 – Landon 33
Performing Edition

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 239531

22.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Nicolas Chédeville

Sonata g-Moll RV 58 "aus "Il Pastor Fido"

(früher A. Vivaldi zugeschrieben)
Reihe 12: Kammermusik und Studienliteratur

for: Treble recorder [violin], basso continuo

Score, 2 Single parts

Item no.: 155938

16.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

18th Century Sonatas

for cello and continuo
Ricordi Instrumental Library

for: Cello, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 633920

21.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard Pieces And Sonatas, Book I

Signature Series (ABRSM)

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 118940

12.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Joseph Haydn, Howard Ferguson

Selected Keyboard Sonatas Book IV

Signature Series (ABRSM)

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 261702

16.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Béla Bartók

Deuxième Sonate op. 76

in zwei Sätzen

for: Violin, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 124413

34.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

25 Sonate

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 389049

24.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Bernhard Romberg

Sonate e-Moll op. 38/1 – Level 3

für 3 Violoncelli
Schott Student Edition - Repertoire

for: 3 cellos

Score, Parts

Item no.: 665086

24.00 €plus shipping
In reprint. Delivery time unknown.
Domenico Scarlatti, Richard Jones

Selected Keyboard Sonatas, Book II

Signature Series

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 118941

12.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Domenico Scarlatti, Richard Jones

The Five Fugues

'The Cat Fugue', Kp. 30 & Kp. 41, 58, 93, 417

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 118936

12.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Domenico Scarlatti, Richard Jones

Selected Keyboard Sonatas, Book III

Signature Series

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 118942

12.45 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Michel Blavet

Sechs Sonaten 2

Sonaten 4-6
Barockmusik für Blockflöte

for: 2 treble recorders (duet)

Ensemble score

Item no.: 145638

16.50 €plus shipping
Currently not available. Delivery time unknown.

Sonata For Alto Saxophone And Piano

Klassik

for: Saxophone

Music score

Item no.: 240311

34.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Ludwig van Beethoven, Barry Cooper

Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor Op.27 No.2

Op. 27 No. 2 'Moonlight'

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 642343

8.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

10 Sonatas For Clarinet

for: Clarinet

Music score

Item no.: 368752

18.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Niccolò Paganini

Sonata à violin solo

(M.S. 83)

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 1024909

17.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Stewart Gordon

Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas

A Handbook for Performers

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 920752

34.80 €plus shipping
Special manufacture. Delivery time: 3–4 weeks.
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 10

Essercizi per gravicembalo

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score

Item no.: 779029

39.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Domenico Scarlatti

Sonate per clavicembalo 1

Edizione critica

for: Harpsichord [piano]

Music score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 388953

44.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Niccolò Paganini

Sonata a violino solo

(Merveille de Paganini) M.S. 6

for: Violin

Music score

Item no.: 769944

12.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Franz Liszt - Sonate h-moll

Hörbeispiel

Franz Liszt

Sonate h-moll

for: Piano

Music score, CD

Item no.: 498468

15.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks
Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonate WoO 33/4/5

WoO 33/4/5

for: Guitar

Music score

Item no.: 638588

10.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Camille Saint-Saëns

Sonate op. 166

for: Oboe, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 773058

16.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Henry Purcell

Sonata For Trumpet And Organ

Music for Brass (Robert King)

for: Trumpet, organ

Book

Item no.: 240703

17.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Muzio Clementi, Giuseppe Buonamici

12 Sonatas - Book 2

Piano Collection

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 316264

15.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Franz Liszt

Sonata in B Minor

for: Cello

Music score

Item no.: 622584

21.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Pierre-Max Dubois

Sonate For Flute And Piano

Klassik

for: Flute, piano

Piano score, solo part

Item no.: 238323

38.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Heinrich Schenker

Piano Sonata in A Major op. 101

Beethoven's Last Piano Sonatas 4
An Edition with Elucidation

for: Piano

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 885933

80.70 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Joel Lester

Brahms's Violin Sonatas

Style, Structure, Performance

for: Violin

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 863896

112.70 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Harold Craxton

Sonata In A Flat Op.110

Signature Series (ABRSM)

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 492612

8.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Harold Craxton

Sonata In E Flat Major Op.27 No.1

Signature Series (ABRSM)

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 627970

8.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Stanley Sadie

Sonatas For Pianoforte Volume 2

Signature Series (ABRSM)

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 642675

29.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Stanley Sadie

Sonata C K.545 Piano

Signature Series (ABRSM)

for: Piano

Music score

Item no.: 642717

8.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald

New Perspectives on the Keyboard Sonatas of Muzio Clementi

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 550009

79.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 weeks

10 Italian Sonatas

Ricordi Settecento Italiano

for: Oboe, basso continuo

Score, solo part

Item no.: 672388

23.99 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Antonio Vivaldi

Sonate a violino e basso Op. II

for: Violin, basso continuo

Score, Parts

Item no.: 775384

32.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

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