motivic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

motif +‎ -ic

Adjective[edit]

motivic (not comparable)

  1. (music) Used as, or relating to, a motif.
    • 1988 April 8, Dennis Polkow, “Cross Dreams”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      In fact, Tucker's use of parallel motion and open fourths as a central motivic element particularly reminded me of Stravinsky's sacred music, especially the quieter sections of Symphony of Psalms and the Mass.

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