motto theme

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A theme which recurs, sometimes transformed, throughout the course of a comp., e.g. in Beethoven's 5th, Tchaikovsky's 4th and 5th, and Elgar's 1st Syms. It is akin to Wagner's leitmotiv, Berlioz's idée fixe, and Liszt's metamorphosis of themes.

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