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Music - narrative environment design

Leitmotif in Music

A leitmotif (leitmotiv) is a form of threading device consisting of a melody or sometimes chord sequence that recurs and reminds the audience of a state or some-thing/one with agency (see actor). Originated by Wagner for the range of melodies that cluster round the characters, objects and states in his operas. Transformation in leitmotifs depict transformations in the elements to which they are attached. They are a very powerful structural tool.

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Leitmotif in narrative environment design

Leitmotifs are threading devices consisting of an image or a sound or a phrase that recurs, and reminds the reader/audience of states or agents (usually characters in the story, but can be other agents such as objects or forces). Originated by Wagner for the range of melodies that cluster round the characters, objects and states in his operas. Transformation in leitmotifs depict transformations in the elements to which they are attached. They are a very powerful structural tool.

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