The most powerful musical motifs of the world's music are those which attempt to represent this breaking through time in time, this breaking forth out of time, where such a rhythmical accent falls on one note that it absorbs the remaining parts of the melody (which represents time as a whole, individual points integrated by the ego), and thereby transcends the melody. The end of the Grail motif in Parsifal, and the Siegfried motif, are such melodies.

There is, however, one act which, so to speak, absorbs the future in itself, which experiences in advance all future backsliding into immorality as guilt, no less than all past immorality, and thereby grows beyond both; it is a timeless positing of character, rebirth. It is the act through which genius arises.

"Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup."


A Motiff is short rhythmic or melodic passage (a pattern) that is repeated or evoked in various parts of a composition.

In music, an accent is an emphasis placed on a particular note, either as a result of its context or specifically indicated by an accent mark. Accents contribute to the articulation and prosody of a performance of a musical phrase. Compared to surrounding notes:

A dynamic accent or stress accent is an emphasis using louder sound, typically most pronounced on the attack of the sound.

A tonic accent is an emphasis on notes by virtue of being higher in pitch as opposed to higher in volume.

An agogic accent is an emphasis by virtue of being longer in duration. Accents which do not correspond to the stressed beats of the prevailing meter are said to be syncopated.