leitmotif


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

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I will, however, highlight a few leitmotifs in her interpretation (which I found generally convincing) of how suicide was made meaningful.
Once more, in the story of the arrival of Joseph's brothers in Egypt, the objective of the double employment of the "hakker" leitmotif in succeeding verses is obvious: Vayyar Yosef et echav vayyakireim [And Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them] (42:7); Vayyaker Yosef et echav v'heim lo hikkiruhu [And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him] (42:8).
A leitmotif is a theme, or other coherent musical idea, clearly defined so as to retain its identity if modified on subsequent appearances, whose purpose is to represent or symbolize a person, object, place, idea, state of mind, supernatural force or any other ingredient in a dramatic work.
The leitmotif which guides the demanding intellectual program for this course comes to its full expression during the last week, in which students put the finishing touches on the course-long project that they present at the end: an autobiographical account of the different concepts of the "good life" they have entertained and lived by in the span of their young lives.
Next week, Ozzy can't make sense of a cell phone - Ozzy's butting heads with gadgets is becoming as formulaic and crowd-pleasing a leitmotif as the stunning action sequences that open every James Bond movie.
The "gap" that serves as The Education Gap's leitmotif is a catchall for educational inequalities among demographically distinct groups--racial, ethnic, and economic.
Albu presents good evidence that the image was deliberately chosen by historians, and her interpretation of the border scenes of the Bayeux Tapestry (with the wolf representing the Normans) ties up well with this, although the leitmotif sometimes seems a little forced and it is probably fortunate that she did not take the idea any further than she did.
The end of the book includes a short glossary of terms to help readers with certain concepts such as bel canto, leitmotif and verismo.
A more prominent leitmotif in the conservative press is that the attack on America has ushered in a new era of manly men-the firemen and cops who emerged as the heroes of the World Trade Center, the three male passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who apparently foiled the hijackers' plan to use the plane as a missile.
King later used this word as the leitmotif in "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (16 April 1963), one of the great epistles in twentieth-century Christendom.
This is the profound leitmotif in a commanding debut by Nigerian-born Okey Ndibe.
Secondly he sets up a different leitmotif for each book.
Philipse's fourth, neo-Hegelian leitmotif portrays Heidegger attempts to give an account of the decline of metaphysics, which leaves us awash in the modern technological worldview.
Creese is correct that processes of racialized-gendering through negotiations over conditions at work have been an important and overlooked dimension of labour history, and she has added both a chapter and a leitmotif to the field.
For the past couple of years, the recurring leitmotif was "There's too much capital chasing deals.