How Leitmotifs Function in Music: 4 Examples of Leitmotif

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Last updated: Nov 2, 2021 • 2 min read

Have you ever listened to a piece of music—a classical music composition, a film score, or a song—and noted a recurring theme in the melody or harmony? That recurring succession of notes you hear is known as a leitmotif, and it is one of the most powerful techniques in a composer's arsenal.