leitmotif definition

  • noun:
    • A melodic passageway or expression, particularly in Wagnerian opera, involving a specific character, circumstance, or factor.
    • A dominant and continual theme, as with a novel.
    • A melodic motif related to a particular character, spot, thing or concept in an opera.
    • A recurring theme.
    • a guiding motif; in Wagnerian opera, a marked melodic expression or quick musical passage which constantly accompanies the reappearance of a particular person, situation, abstract concept, or allusion during the play; sort of musical label. Also referred to as Leading motive.
    • a recurring theme into the tasks of one or team.
    • a melodic term that accompanies the reappearance of people or circumstance (such as Wagner's operas)

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