Leitmotif vs. Motif

Leitmotif vs. Motif — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Leitmotif and Motif

Leitmotifnoun

A melodic passage or phrase, especially in Wagnerian opera, associated with a specific character, situation, or element.

Motifnoun

A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.

Leitmotifnoun

A dominant and recurring theme, as in a novel.

Motifnoun

A dominant theme or central idea.

Leitmotifnoun

(music) A melodic theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.

Motifnoun

(Music) A short rhythmic or melodic passage that is repeated or evoked in various parts of a composition.

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Leitmotifnoun

A recurring theme.

Motifnoun

A repeated figure or design in architecture or decoration.

Leitmotifnoun

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

Motifnoun

A recurrent pattern either of molecular sequence, usually of nucleotides or amino acids in proteins, or of molecular structure that usually corresponds to specific biological activity.

Motifnoun

A recurring or dominant element; a theme.

See how the artist repeats the scroll motif throughout the work?

Motifnoun

(music) A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work.

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Motifnoun

A decorative figure that is repeated in a design or pattern.

Motifnoun

(dressmaking) A decorative appliqué design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming.

Motifnoun

(crystallography) The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.

Motifnoun

(chess) A basic element of a move in terms of why the piece moves and how it supports the fulfilment of a stipulation.

Motifnoun

(biochemistry) In a nucleotide or amino-acid sequence, pattern that is widespread and has, or is conjectured to have, a biological significance.

Motifnoun

a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors

Motifnoun

a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music

Motifnoun

a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work;

it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme