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A short tune or musical figure that characterizes and unifies a composition. It can be of any length, but is usually only a few notes long. A motif can be a melodic, harmonic or rhythmic pattern that is easily recognizable throughout the composition.


Motif, rhythmic: Igor Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale, I, "Soldier's March"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550, I

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No.3 (Razumovsky), IV

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, "Dance of the Youths and Maidens"

See Also

[English] motive


Last Updated: 2016-06-05 19:39:46