In a research on Wagner’s Ring Cycle, I learnt of the composer’s innovation of leitmotif.
A leitmotif, or leading motif, is a recurring musical theme, or phrase, that represents a certain person, place or plot, and it changes and adapts as the story progresses. (Source: The Metropolitan Opera page on Wagner’s Ring Cycle)
Not unlike the recurring melodies in today’s motion pictures?
Here’s a question: If the matter of leitmotif is as simple as a tune that you can identify with a certain person, place or plot of a play on stage or on screen – what would that be?
Further this question: If we give leitmotifs to persons we know, or even strangers that pass us by – what would that be? Would the effect be dramatically humourous, or would that really accentuate someone’s glow?