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Seth Monahan , Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas ( Oxford and New York : Oxford University Press , 2015 ). xiv + 278 pp. £30.49 (hb.). ISBN 9780199303465.

Seth Monahan , Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas ( Oxford and New York : Oxford University Press , 2015... DOI: 10.1111/musa.12066 Seth Monahan, Mahler’s Symphonic Sonatas (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). xiv + 278pp. £30.49 (hb.). ISBN 9780199303465. One of the central binaries that any analysis must confront is the relationship between parts and wholes: most immediately in how individual musical details function within movements, but also in how movements relate across works, how works fit into compositional oeuvres and how oeuvres congeal into canons. The tension that this binary embodies is particularly evident in Mahler’s symphonies – or, to be more specific, Adorno’s Mahler’s symphonies, since the sociologist stands at the head of an unavoidable critical tradition in which we are invited to hear the composer’s works as searing critiques of the ‘integral oneness’ of the canonical Enlightenment sonata, setting out to earn a wholeness which is not granted as ‘the a priori ground of the composition’ (Adorno [1963] 1992, pp. 9 and 49). Adorno’s model for Mahler’s unique symphonic process is the novel, in which a multiplicity of voices may speak without deferring to a preordained outcome, but in which there eventually must be an outcome, and therefore a resultant whole (see e.g. ibid., pp. 62–3). Exactly how this whole relates to its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Seth Monahan , Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas ( Oxford and New York : Oxford University Press , 2015 ). xiv + 278 pp. £30.49 (hb.). ISBN 9780199303465.

Music Analysis , Volume 35 (1) – Mar 1, 2016

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DOI: 10.1111/musa.12066 Seth Monahan, Mahler’s Symphonic Sonatas (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). xiv + 278pp. £30.49 (hb.). ISBN 9780199303465. One of the central binaries that any analysis must confront is the relationship between parts and wholes: most immediately in how individual musical details function within movements, but also in how movements relate across works, how works fit into compositional oeuvres and how oeuvres congeal into canons. The tension that this binary embodies is particularly evident in Mahler’s symphonies – or, to be more specific, Adorno’s Mahler’s symphonies, since the sociologist stands at the head of an unavoidable critical tradition in which we are invited to hear the composer’s works as searing critiques of the ‘integral oneness’ of the canonical Enlightenment sonata, setting out to earn a wholeness which is not granted as ‘the a priori ground of the composition’ (Adorno [1963] 1992, pp. 9 and 49). Adorno’s model for Mahler’s unique symphonic process is the novel, in which a multiplicity of voices may speak without deferring to a preordained outcome, but in which there eventually must be an outcome, and therefore a resultant whole (see e.g. ibid., pp. 62–3). Exactly how this whole relates to its

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