Knupftechnic. The often hidden means by which separate
sections of a composition are "organically" connected to one another.
Typically, a subordinate motive at the end of one section becomes the seed
of a new section, but the means by which a linkage can be acheived are
limitless. One of Schenker's main objectives in this essay is to demonstrate
how Brahms's linkage technique makes an organic whole out of the series
of separate variations. The reader may refer to Schenker's analysis of
the variations for many examples of linkage technique.