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The works — two paintings and three sculptures — continue her fascination with cultural and aesthetic sampling, using the pieced-together patterns and textures of boucherouite as a leitmotif.
In the self-portrait, a windmill—a leitmotif in most of Wood’s landscapes—looms behind him against a yellow sky.
Since the migration crisis of 2015, ethnic resentment against Muslims has become a leitmotif in debates about welfare-state policies.
Electronic sounds create unusual effects, like the moment right after the launch, as Steve’s illness overcomes him, when the whole orchestra seems to groan; so does the use of a guitar as a leitmotif for Steve.
The move fits with his Wagnerian influences, prizing leitmotif on top of the grand scope.
Jobs' leitmotif, or individual melody, is composed of frenetic, folk-esque guitar sounds (Jobs was a guitar enthusiast) mixed with sound effects from old Apple electronics.
But a minority—just three out of 112—sang hybrid tunes, mixing leitmotifs from both the outgoing melody and the incipient one.
The leitmotif of small cone hats and sensual face veils gave the silken 61-piece show a feel for the theatricality of the 1920s.
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The English word leitmotif (or leitmotiv, as it is also spelled) comes from the German Leitmotiv, meaning "leading motive" and formed from leiten ("to lead") and Motiv (motive). In its original sense, the word applies to opera music and was first used by writers interpreting the works of composer Richard Wagner, who was famous for associating a melody with a character or important dramatic element. Leitmotif is still commonly used with reference to music and musical drama but is now also used more broadly to refer to any recurring theme in the arts or in everyday life.
Origin and Etymology of leitmotif
First Known Use: circa 1880See Words from the same year
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