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Garbuz

Senior Member
Russian
Is the following sentence better with or without an article?

It was (a) Beethoven, 'The Moonlight Sonata'.

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  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    I'd say it like this: "It was Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata". You could also say "It was Beethoven: The Moonlight Sonata." I don't think that saying "It was a Beethoven, 'The Moonlight Sonata' " sounds idiomatic in US English.
     

    Cypherpunk

    Senior Member
    US, English
    You might say "It was a Beethoven work/piece", but that type phrase is used much more often to refer to paintings and artwork, not musical pieces. It is very common to say or hear "It was a Renoir/Monet/Dalí."
     
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