leitmotiv :

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  • n  a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)

  • With the Nixon trip as the leitmotiv, MacMillan, a University of Toronto historian, deftly weaves together biographies of all the principals (including their wives), contemporary .
  • Women's fantasies have changed, Friday maintains, since her 1973 book, My Secret Garden, in which the leitmotiv was submission.
  • But to find the leitmotiv," he adds, "one must look beyond its incidental stylistic, mythological, ritualistic and legendary associations, toward the majestic silvery peaks .

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