Sonata can be exemplified in two ways.
- A composition for solo instrument (usually piano), or
- a composition for a solo instrument accompanied by piano.
In the classical period a sonata would normally contain 3 movements – a fast movement, a slow movement and a final fast movement. As the style developed through the classical and romantic periods, sonatas often became longer and composers began to add in additional movements.
A piano sonata by Mozart.
A piano sonata by Chopin.
A sonata for solo violin by Bach.
- Sonata form (H)