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Leitmotif Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner''s operas)

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  • a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)

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Leitmotif Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

A leitmotif (pronounced , “LITE-mow-teef”) (also spelled leitmotiv), is a German word meaning leading motif. It is a little musical theme that is often repeated in a piece of music, very often in opera. The leitmotif is linked in the musical story with a person or a thing or an idea. The leitmotif might be a short tune, but it can also be a rhythm or just a chord.

The word “leitmotif” is sometimes used in other things such as literature. In a book it might be an idea that keeps coming during the story. It can also be used in movies or video games.

The word “leitmotif” is particularly associated with the operas of Richard Wagner. The leitmotif helps to make the story dramatic and bind it together, because it makes the music easier to understand. Sometimes a leitmotif will change during an opera as the character changes. Various dramatic effects can be made with leitmotifs. For example, a leitmotif might be played before a character comes onstage, so the audience will know who is coming before the actor can be seen. Three examples of leitmotifs from Wagner's Ring Cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen are: the leitmotif for the chief god Wotan (a person), the leitmotif for the Tarnhelm, the invisibility helmet, (a thing), and the leitmotif for the Renunciation of Love (an idea).

Leitmotif Sample Sentences in News

  • Vivienne Westwood keeps punking Paris Fashion Week
    Punk is Vivienne Westwood's leitmotif, and the 73-year-old British fashion designer showed her radical roots are intact at her latest show at the Paris Fashion Week. To a screechingly loud live band in a tinsel-adorned commercial basement on Saturday with front-row celebrities Solange Knowles and Naomi Harris, Westwood revealed an autumn 2015 women's ready Read more on this news related to 'Leitmotif'
  • From the runway: 'Things are bright in Milan!'
    As Italian fashion week came to a close in Milan, Paris Modes TV editor in chief Sophie de Champsavin took a moment to share her impressions on the season's runway presentations and their share of surprises. Things are bright in Milan! Both in the streets (five days of sunshine out of six) and on the runways. Prada made bright colors a leitmotif of its show, w Read more on this news related to 'Leitmotif'
  • Balloon pop Games for children
    The wheels on the bus go round and round...This fun song loved by children before kindergarten, and for older children is the leitmotif... Read more on this news related to 'Leitmotif'

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