Motif 26: Quarrel and Flattery
German name: Zankmotiv; Schmeichelfigur
This is the last of several themes associated with the Flowermaidens or Magic Maidens (Wolzogen:
letztes Thema der Mädchen). It accompanies them 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:
As with their earlier music, this pretty melody is based on the descending motif of Suffering. The Flowermaidens bring to men what Wagner once
the suffering of seduction.
References: von Wolzogen ex.15-5, Lorenz pp.117-9, Kufferath ex.32, ex.34, ENO ex.62-64, Bauer pp.82-3.