Reference Entry

motto theme

Edited by Alison Latham

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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A recurring theme, similar to Wagner's *leitmotif and Berlioz's *idée fixe. The term is often used in connection with earlier music, however, for example with those 15th- and 16th-century masses that open each movement with an identical motif or motto (Ger.: ...

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Subjects: Music

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