Origin of leitmotif
Examples from the Web for leitmotif
A leitmotif on journalism threads through this often-byzantine narrative.How the ‘Witch Hunt’ Myth Undermined American Justice|Jason Berry|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The leitmotif of the new vogue in bad parenting is that keeping the marital buzz buzzing trumps the children.
He will come back, murmured Chavvy, in concordance with her leitmotif.Twos and Threes|G. B. Stern
And the "Wacht am Rhein" seemed to come and go at intervals, like a leitmotif to all their doings.A Woman's Experience in the Great War|Louise Mack
It was what I had always called "Rosemary's leitmotif," expressed in perfume.The Brightener|C. N. Williamson
Indeed, they recur again and again, like a Leitmotif in music, in everything he wrote.The Social Significance of the Modern Drama|Emma Goldman
In these symphonic poems Liszt has made use of the principle of the leitmotif in orchestral music.How to Appreciate Music|Gustav Kobb
British Dictionary definitions for leitmotif
Word Origin for leitmotif
Word Origin and History for leitmotif
1876, "a musical figure to which some definite meaning is attached," from German Leitmotiv, literally "lead motive," from leiten "to lead" (see lead (v.1)) + Motiv (see motive). A term associated with Wagnerian musical drama, though the thing itself is at least as old as Mozart. "The leitmotif must be characteristic of the person or thing it is intended to represent." ["Elson's Music Dictionary"]
Culture definitions for leitmotif
A frequently recurring bit of melody, usually in opera, associated with a person, thing, or emotion; Leitmotiv is German for “leading theme.” The leitmotif may be heard in the instrumental or the vocal part.