Cross motif

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Liszt's cross motif About this sound Play .
Tchaikovsky's "Cross"-motive, About this sound Play .

In music, the cross motif is a motif.

A motif (Crux fidelis) was used by Franz Liszt to represent the Christian cross ('tonisches Symbol des Kreuzes' or tonic symbol of the cross) and taken from Gregorian melodies.[1]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky associated a motif with the crucifixion, himself, and Tristan, a variation of which first appears in mm.1-2 of his Pathétique Symphony.[2] Tchaikovsky identified with and associated the cross-motif with "star-cross'd lovers" in general, such as in Romeo and Juliet.[2]

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  1. ^ Merrick, Paul (2008). Revolution and Religion in the Music of Liszt, p.284. ISBN 0-521-08351-6.
  2. ^ a b Jackson, Timothy (1999). Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique), p.51. ISBN 0-521-64676-6.