This motif is more rhythmic than melodic. It is associated with the pain of Amfortas' physical wound or perhaps with the world-weariness that gnaws at his soul. It is first
heard in combination with Amfortas (the lower line in the example). Listen for it in the second act after Parsifal sings,
sündigem Verlangen. Although it is sometimes heard alone, the rhythm most often appears in combination with Amfortas and therefore they are
often considered together as one complex.