Motivic Development

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  • Students will understand the use of motive in a musical composition
  • Students will be able to identify different types of development of a particular motive.
  • Students will be able to develop a given motive in several different ways (transposition, inversion, retrograde, augmentation, diminution, etc.).


Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion and definition of motive and leitmotif
  • Discussion and exploration of different kinds of motivic development
  • Identification and analysis of different kinds of motivic development in different genres of music
  • Composition and improvisation involving development of a given motive
  • Listening and analysis of a fugue for motivic variations


  • Identification and analysis of leitmotif in dramatic settings
  • Identification and analysis of motivic development in written and recorded music
  • Development of a short motive in multiple ways
  • Compose a short fugal introduction with any given motive