Heinrich Schenker

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Heinrich Schenker in 1912

Heinrich Schenker (19 June 1868, Wisniowczyki Ukraine – 13 January 1935, Vienna) was a music theorist, best known for his approach to musical analysis, now usually called Schenkerian analysis.


  • It is improper, to expressly pursue the Urlinie in performance and to single out its tones...for the purpose of communicating the Urlinie to the listener." Rather, "for the performer, the Urlinie provides, first of all, a sense of direction. It serves a somewhat equivalent function to that which a road map serves for a mountain climber.
    • Das Meisterwerk I, p. 196. Translated by Kalib, vol. 2, p. 147. Quoted in Burkhart, Charles (1983). "Schenker's Theory of Levels and Musical Performance", Aspects of Schenkerian Theory, Beach David, ed. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Music was destined to reach its culmination in the likeness of itself.
    • Free Composition, § 251, p. 93.

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