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Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Seth Monahan


This book examines Gustav Mahler’s career-long engagement with sonata form. It argues that a dynamic, process-based sonata-form concept factors into all of his early and middle-period symphonies, informing not just their schematic design, but also their narrative/expressive character. The first three chapters lay out the interpretive machinery for the analyses to follow. Chapter 1 considers the role of sonata form in Mahler’s creative imagination, with special interest in (1) his consistent linkage of tonal plot and affect, and (2) the intertextual networks that link his sonata forms to one an ... More

Keywords: Gustav Mahler, Theodor W. Adorno, Sonata Theory, novel-symphony, dialogic form, program music, sonata failure, musical narrative, hermeneutics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199303465
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Monahan, author
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, Assistant Professor of Music Theory