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Re-visiting Leitmotif

Due to differences in translations, the end letter can be a 'f' or a 'v'.



Simply put a leit motive is a symbol that represents a character within a musical story.

Leit motifs symbols are used by musicians to choose an instrument to represent a character.  

Listen to Peter and The Wolf which uses Leitmotiv – a different tune for each character (Peter and the Wolf – Prokofiev).


Identify the different tunes for each character, write the instrument that represents the character.


How could each leitmotiv be represented pictorially ( as symbol)?

Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's music director Bramwell Tovey does double duty as conductor and narrator in this delightfully entertaining performance. It...

Now, create your musical score, with a drawn leit motiv for each character.

Have fun!