American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Music Of or relating to a motif: sparse motivic improvisations.
- adj. music Used as a motif
- motif + -ic (Wiktionary)
“Haydn was the first great master of what is called motivic development, in which bits and pieces of music - a few notes, a melodic twist, a rhythmic gesture - become the building blocks for an entire symphony in several movements.”
“Just as heavily influenced later was Weber's Der Freischütz, the first German romantic opera, and one which has motivic elements lifted directly from Medea.”
“Pianist Ahmad Jamal (a man even Miles Davis credited as a big influence) is now 81 – and he remains a genius at the art of motivic improvising, repeating a catchy theme (so listeners don't lose the plot) while transforming it with fresh melody.”
“I have tried to preserve the natural rhythm of the Latin text, while still uncovering some type of motivic repetition.”
“Does Mr. Adams hear this as a tie to Bruckner's legacy or as evidence of a similar penchant to build large structures out of tightly constructed, repeated motivic cells and a very slowly moving harmonic rhythm?”
“Right from the start the ideas of slow motivic growth and slow harmonic rhythm proved ideal for the creation of large structures.”
“The title track is growly and raw, but Brötzmann deploys an immense variety of motivic shapes that his power sometimes disguises.”
“The eighth and ninth songs in the cycle are another reminiscent pair, with harmonic and motivic connections to the sixth and seventh songs, respectively.”
“Often the motivic shape of the music overrides the otherwise clear text-setting.”
“Many of Manchicourt's chansons show the complex textures and motivic structure of the Flemish tradition e.g.”
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