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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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Hairdresser Kelly Hyde, 24, of Ammanford, was smashed to the ground in the brutal motiveless attack by Jones at a bridle path close to Mill Terrace last September.
A MAN was stabbed and slashed in an apparently motiveless attack in Coventry.
William Young ( who later claimed he had been targeted himself by serial murderer Stephen Grieveson ( used a baseball bat to club victim Steven Brown at least 10 times in a motiveless attack.
Detectives have warned a "dangerous" attacker capable of killing "quickly and unprovoked" is at large following the motiveless murder.
Forensic tests are being carried out to try to identify footprints left next to Mr Dodd's car after he was murdered in an apparently motiveless frenzied knife attack in a car park on Ffrith beach on Tuesday.
The titular Man Who Wasn't There, the barber Ed Crane, incarnated for nearly every second of screen time by Billy Bob Thornton, is as absolute an Underground Man as you could hope for, the very embodiment of Jim Thompson's Nothing Man, a systematically unrelieved study in blank-faced motiveless isolation.
The apparently motiveless killing generated national and international shock, especially in the victim's home country.
His fellow pupil at pounds 14,000-a-term Pangbourne boarding school in Reading, Berks, repeatedly lunged at him with a large knife in an apparently motiveless attack.
Detective Sergeant Paul Mason of Bridgend CID said: "This was an unprovoked and apparently motiveless attack on a young man following a night out in Bridgend town centre.
Police, who say the attack was motiveless and indiscriminate, added that his attacker was then driven away by a man waiting in a VW Golf at about 6.
Callum, from Clapham, showed no emotion as he was jailed at the Old Bailey for the "cowardly" and apparently motiveless attack.
The teenager launched his apparently motiveless attack after absconding from his care home in Haslingden, Lancashire.