Parsifal

Motif 28: Love's Sorrow

German names: Liebeswehmotiv, Schmerzenswehmotiv


Love's Sorrow (Kirsten Flagstad, 1951; ogg format) Soundbytes
Musical example: Motif 28a - Sorrow with Yearning Musical example: Motif 28b - Sorrow as inversion of Innocence

The Love's Sorrow motif (A) is formed from the inversion of the Atonement motif (#34), and therefore indirectly derived from the motif of Faith. In the second form (B), there is a fall of a sixth and the rhythm is slightly changed. This is slightly modified into the (C) form, which is the inversion of the Innocence motif. It is related to the Herzeleide and it is therefore perhaps that von Wolzogen called it, "the second motive of Heart's Affliction".

In example (A) we see the Love's Sorrow motive in conjunction with the Yearning motif in diminution. In example (C), in the accompaniment to Ich sah das Kind, Love's Sorrow (a) blends into the motif (b) of Nature, as found in the seductive music of the Flower Maidens. It returns to dominate the transformation music of the third act.

Musical example: Motif 28c - Suffering, Sorrow and Nature
References: von Wolzogen ex.16-2 page 93, Newman ex.56, ENO ex.16-17, Lorenz p.124, Bauer pp.61-62.

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