Motif 26: Quarrel and Flattery
German name: Zankmotiv; Schmeichelfigur
There are several themes associated with the Flowermaidens or Magic Maidens. Quarrel (Wolzogen:
letztes Thema der Mädchen)
accompanies the Flowers as they quarrel over their prey, Parsifal, hence Lorenz called it Zankmotiv or Quarrel.
Wolzogen and Lorenz identified several other motives in this scene, including one that Lorenz called the Flattery motif (Schmeichelfigur). Below: this example from Lorenz (p.117) shows how Flattery develops from some earlier music of the Flowermaidens:
This pretty melody is based on the descending motif of Suffering. The Flowermaidens bring to men what Wagner once called,
the suffering of
References: von Wolzogen ex.15-5, Lorenz pp.117-9, Kufferath ex.32, ex.34, ENO ex.62-64, Bauer pp.82-3.