Motif 33: Straying
German name: Motiv des Irrens
Newman called this motif Straying. Kufferath saw it as a development of the Riding motif. It first appears in the
prelude to act III, where it represents Parsifal's confused and stumbling course through the world. We hear it again when Parsifal tells Gurnemanz of his wanderings on
paths of suffering and of how
dangers, battles and duels forced him from the path that leads to Monsalvat.