Motif 03: Faith
German name: Glaubensthema
Above: Amfortas' vision, oil painting by Franz Stassen.
Faith (ogg format)
The example shows the Faith motif as it first appears, on horns and trumpets, in the prelude to the first act (bars 44-46). It is then extended into a long sequence. Later the
Faith motif appears in the first and last acts, and just once in the second act (
It returns in a modified form in connection with Amfortas' vision, and it is alluded to when the knights sing
Zum letzten Liebesmahle .... It could be argued that this motif is developed from
the last phrase of the Grundthema (motif 1, fragment C).
Several subsidiary motives are derived from Faith, notably those of Angels, Titurel and Innocence.