Fundamental Line
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After the First World War, the Viennese musical theorist Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935) postulated an imaginary melody line, which he termed the "fundamental line," as the basic substance of tonal music. Schenker's fundamental line theory is the expression of a cultural conservatism, which was associated with the belief in the superiority of monarchy and German culture. During National Socialism, the reception of his ideas was suppressed. Many of his adepts were of Jewish origin and fled before …

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Karnes, Kevin C., “Fundamental Line”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 20 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0960>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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