Motif 28: Love's Sorrow
German names: Liebeswehmotiv, Schmerzensweh -motiv, Wiegenlied
The Love's Sorrow motif (A) may have been derived from the short form of the Agony motif (#22b) by expanding intervals: raising the first note by a major third and expanding semitone steps to tones. Both this motif and #22b resemble the inversion of Atonement motif (#34). In example (A) we see the Love's Sorrow motive in conjunction with the Yearning motif in diminution.
In its second form (B), there is a fall of a sixth and the rhythm is slightly changed. This is later modified into the (C) form, which on inversion becomes what I have called the Innocence motif (#38). 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 (C), in the string 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 (compare #25a). Lorenz however saw this Lullaby as a variant of Herzeleide (#19). Love's
Sorrow returns to dominate the transformation music of the third act.