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Arnold Schoenberg

Rousseau, Melody, and Mode Rousseau, Melody, and Mode
Friday, May 17, 2013 by Ben Elton | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Though best remembered today for his political philosophy, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was also a careful student of music.  But his conclusions are undermined by the liturgical music of Ashkenazi Jews.
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