One novel on the list:
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayRead about the other pianos on Mullan's list.
Amelia and Becky – the good girl and the bad girl – both play the piano, but look at their different styles! After her husband's death, Amelia "spends long evening hours, touching ... melancholy harmonies on the keys, and weeping over them in silence". Becky, meanwhile, entrances the wife of the man she is seducing with the bogus "tenderness" of her renditions of Mozart.
Vanity Fair also appears on Thomas Mallon's list.