Leitmotif

A recurring feature which is connected to a character or force or situation.

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Associated Practices

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Associated Practices

Leitmotif

in Music

Definition1:
leitmotif (pronounced /ˌlaɪtmoʊˈtiːf/) (also leitmotiv; lit. “leading motif”) is a recurring musical theme, associated with a particular person, place, or idea.

The word has also been used by extension to mean any sort of recurring theme, whether in music, literature, or the life of a fictional character or a real person.

Leitmotifs can help to bind a work together into a coherent whole, and also enable the composer to relate a story without the use of words, or to add an extra level to an already present story.

Definition2:
A leitmotif (leitmotiv) is a form of threading device consisting of a melody or sometimes chord sequence that recurs and reminds the audience of a state or some-thing/one with agency (see actor). Originated by Wagner for the range of melodies that cluster round the characters, objects and states in his operas. Transformation in leitmotifs depict transformations in the elements to which they are attached. They are a very powerful structural tool.

edited 19 March, 2016 by Admin

Leitmotifs are threading devices consisting of an image or a sound or an action or a phrase that recurs, and reminds the reader/audience of states or agents (usually characters in the story, but can be other agents such as objects or forces). Originated by Wagner for the range of melodies that cluster round the characters, objects and states in his operas but now used in visual arts, film and performance. Transformation in leitmotifs depict transformations in the elements to which they are attached. They are a very powerful structural tool.

edited 4 September, 2018 by Admin