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List of classical music in literature

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List of classical music pieces which inspired or are mentioned explicitly in literature.

Composer Musical Piece Author Literary Work
Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations Richard Powers The Gold Bug Variations (1991)
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" Anthony Burgess Napoleon Symphony (1974)
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 "Kreutzer" Leo Tolstoy The Kreutzer Sonata (1889)
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 E. M. Forster Howards End (1910)
Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 97 "Archduke Trio" 1. Allegro (performed by Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz and Emanuel Feuermann) Haruki Murakami Kafka on the Shore (2002)
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange (1962)
Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune Anthony Burgess The Devil's Mode (1989)
Anton Diabelli Sonatina in F major, Op 168 No. 1 Marguerite Duras Moderato Cantabile (1958)
George Frideric Handel Water Music T. C. Boyle Water Music (1982)
Leoš Janáček Sinfonietta Haruki Murakami 1Q84 (2009)
Franz Liszt "Le Mal du Pays" from Années de pèlerinage, Year One: Switzerland (performed by Lazar Berman) Haruki Murakami Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (2013)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 39 in "E-Flat Symphony" Thomas Hardy Lines to a Movement in Mozart's E-Flat Symphony (1917)
Mozart Symphony No. 40 Anthony Burgess Mozart and the Wolf Gang (1991)
Joachim Raff Symphony No. 5 "Lenore" Jessie Fothergill The First Violin (1877)
Alexander Scriabin Symphony No. 3 "The Divine Poem" Boris Pasternak Themes and Variations (1917)
Giuseppe Tartini Violin Sonata in G minor "Devil's Trill Sonata" Jérôme Lalande Voyage d'un françois en Italie (1769)

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Other articles of the topic Classical music : List of Classical Compilation Albums Chart number ones of the 2000s, August Reuß, Hans Boll, Oswald Sallaberger, Finzi: Cello Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Axel Bauni, Georgia Spiropoulos
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Further reading[edit]

  • A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess by Paul Phillips


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