In literature, a motif is any recurring element that has symbolic significance. For example, it could be a thing, a place, or a statement. The green light in The Great Gatsby is a motif, as is the repeated statement, "My father said that the reason for living is getting ready to stay dead" in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.
In music, a motif is a perceivable or salient recurring fragment that may be used to construct the entirety or parts of complete melodies, themes, and even accompaniments. See motif (music) Distinguished from a musical figure.
For the concept in algebraic geometry, see motive (algebraic geometry); some mathematicians prefer to use motif as the singular.
"Motif" is not properly considered a synonym for theme.
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Following on two years after the original Motif, a new chip delivering 128-note polyphony was central to the ES specification.
Although the Motif ES remains an outstanding instrument, widely used in hip hop, and almost omnipotent as the go-to touring keyboard, the currently looming Motif XS will replace it as the flagship Motif in April 2007.
If you already use a Motif ES you won't need telling how excellent it is. If a new, or even pre-owned Motif ES is coming into your sights, these instruments are built like tanks, offer commendable compatibility with models up and down the food chain, and sound terrific.
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