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  • n. Plural form of leitmotif.


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  • Wagner is the guy who created the idea of leitmotifs, but he did it for opera characters.

    Skipping a Beat

  • Those were the leitmotifs, sounded again and again, of the Kennedy Center's Thursday-night gala concert to open a two-week mini-festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the president whose name the center bears.

    A grand display

  • But while Aronofsky's most recent film presented a realistic arc and fully fleshed out characters, his latest one keeps revisiting the same leitmotifs -- domineering mother, damaged daughter, domineering mother, damaged daughter -- none too lightly.

    Rob Kirkpatrick: Burlesque and Black Swan: The Showgirls of Burlesque vs. the Showgirls of Ballet?

  • The thunder of crashing equity markets, the humiliating downgrade of America's once gold-standard credit rating, and stern lectures on financial rectitude from the Chinese Communists of all people are the latest leitmotifs of America's economic decline.

    Eric Margolis: Addicted to Debt

  • Among the book's arresting leitmotifs is the presence and influence of several scientists who were well connected, both to Cambridge laboratories and to American social circles.

    Allied in the Quest for Radar

  • In it, Herrmann used two devices that would become his signatures—employing leitmotifs to signal the reappearance of a narrative thread and writing brief cues to bridge scenes.

    'Psycho' Maestro at 100

  • Temporary permanence and absent presence are the novel's two philosophical leitmotifs, linking its disparate characters, dissipating plot, and dispersing reflections on the way we are now.

    There but for the, by Ali Smith – review

  • There are many leitmotifs that help link the stories: people with red hair, people behaving in ways that "normal" middle-class proper folks find unacceptable, games of chance, other symbols.

    REVIEW: The Bridge by Zoran Živković

  • Andrea James: Bill Bailey analyzes leitmotifs in 'Starsky & Hutch' incidental music: Link

    Boing Boing

  • President Barack Obama's speech last week at New York Cooper's Union showcased two unattractive verbal leitmotifs.

    It's Only Called the Bully Pulpit


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