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motive

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motif

(mōtēf`), in music, a short phrase or passage of two or more notes and repeated or elaborated throughout the composition. The term is usually used synonymously with figurefigure,
in music, short melodic or rhythmic pattern, the smallest grouping of notes that will produce a single distinct impression. In this sense figure is synonymous with motive. In music before the 18th cent.
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. A special kind of motive is the leitmotiv, wherein a character or a dramatic idea is represented throughout an opera by one or more motives. The leitmotiv technique is almost as old as opera itself, but its most extensive application is found in Wagner's works.
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Outside court, Det Sgt Tim Hammond of Croydon CID said: "This was a horrific and still apparently motiveless attack.
A TEENAGE woman was punched in the face in a motiveless assault in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
A RESTAURANT manager who carried out an "unprovoked, motiveless and gratuitous" attack in Rugby has been jailed for 12 months.
A MAN attacked in an apparently motiveless street assault yesterday died of his injuries.
Late-night revellers were today urged to help a police investigation into a motiveless bottle attack on a man.
She described the incident as an "apparent motiveless attack".
The woman was battered over the head in a motiveless attack as she walked in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.
Detective Superintendent Ken Lawrence believes that Mr Fenton's death was not a motiveless crime.
But police say the assault on the woman in her white T-reg Vauxhall Astra was apparently motiveless.
Det Insp Graham Hancock said: "It was terrifying and ferocious, and seems to be motiveless.
HE'S already serving two life sentences in prison for stabbing a couple to death in a motiveless attack.
A YOUTH stabbed a man up to five times in an apparently motiveless attack, it was claimed in the High Court yesterday.