Music Composers Unite!
I have always been skeptical about Schenker's urlinie. It seems as though you can fudge the data to get any line you want (3-2-1, 5-4-3-2-1). One of my old proffesors told me, with a far away look in his eye, that he used to think the same as I do until he started composing and noticed long term melodic goals in his own work.
The question I have is if any of you use large scale melodic goals in your compositions. I don't believe I ever have, but maybe that is just because I am not a master composer. I doubt Schenkerian theory mirrors any psychological reality for listeners, and if there is also none for composers, then the only people for whom it is "real" are certain analysts...