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  • n. Alternative form of leitmotif.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a leading motive (which see, under leading).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • While Wagner never used the word leitmotiv to describe his own operas, it is a clearly discernible technique in his music which has influenced many other composers.

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  • One little group of notes (l) I have seen described as a leitmotiv; and if it is one, I should like to know what it stands for.

    Richard Wagner

  • One little group of notes (_l_) I have seen described as a leitmotiv; and if it is one, I should like to know what it stands for.

    Richard Wagner Composer of Operas

  • To give order to this new concept of opera, Wagner invented the leitmotiv, which is a relatively short melodic idea that represents a certain character, thing, or idea.

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  • We prefer to make it, if you will, the leitmotiv which is to accompany all our explanations.

    Laughter : an Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

  • The paradox represented by San Diego reappears throughout this study in the form of a kind of leitmotiv, indicating that the question of whether immigration can or should be brought to a stop or whether attention should be concentrated on getting the best out of those who have arrived and those who will come later, is crucial for California.

    PD Line

  • The propeller design consistently applied to many elements of the cars (such as the Aeroblade wheels) since 2000, was up for refreshment though: And in aviation the propeller engine was succeeded by the turbine engine so Spyker adopted the turbine as its "leitmotiv" for the Spyker C8 Aileron.


  • Raven's feelings are those of the dead lover in The Unquiet Grave, the song that is the novel's leitmotiv and the source of its original title, "A Twelvemonth and a Day."

    do you ever read writing?

  • This has to be repeated as a leitmotiv all the time by those who believe in Trurh and in government's dishonesty.

    To Those Afraid of Asking Questions about 9/11

  • The difference between a free society and a dominated one is in the percentage of property the state lays its hands on ... the predatory impulse finds expression in the Jacob-Esau inheritance swindle, and the use of fraud or force to acquire property without laboring for it is the leitmotiv of the social saga.

    Grey and Drizzling in America


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  • I don't know, sounds like an eastern European football team to me.

    May 25, 2009

  • a beautiful word to say aloud......

    May 25, 2009