Origin of motif
Examples from the Web for motifs
The motifs were a reminder of what changed for women in the 1920s.Paris's Craziest Show Yet: Manish Arora Spring/ Summer 2014|Liza Foreman|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Over about 10 years, Mozart voraciously incorporated different styles and motifs and developed his own voice.
Introduced in 2000, the ring combined two timeless Bulgari motifs: the Tubogas and the “BVLGARI” logo.
It is such a chance, for Frau Burg-Schmidt will explain the motifs to me, and tell me when to look for them.The Four Corners Abroad|Amy Ella Blanchard
Then she added, "As I was deprived of the evening, will you not let me hear some of the motifs of the opera?"My Recollections|Jules Massenet
The motifs were often taken from the Cantus firmus itself, in a rhythmical, diminished form.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
Other motifs derived from Sterne, less integral, may be briefly summarized.Laurence Sterne in Germany|Harvey Waterman Thayer
"The matchless Fuji," first of motifs in his art, admits no pilgrim as its peer.The Soul of the Far East|Percival Lowell
Word Origin for motif
"theme, predominant feature," 1848, from French motif "dominant idea, theme" (see motive).
In literature, art, or music, a recurring set of words, shapes, colors, or notes. In the poem “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, for example, the word nevermore is a motif appearing at the end of each stanza. Likewise, the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven are a motif that is developed and reshaped throughout the work.