Motif 6: Pain of the Wound
German name: Amfortasmotiv (2)
This motif (upper part of the example) 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,
... in 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.