Motif 37: Benediction

German name: Segenspruch

Musical example: Motif 37 - Benediction

Soundbytes Benediction (ogg format)

This is the melody to which Gurnemanz proclaims, Gesegnet sei, du Reiner durch das Reine! It is derived from the beheaded Redemption motif (#1D) which develops into the Communion hymn of the Grail Knights. Benediction accompanies the foot-washing, the blessing of Parsifal, his anointing and the baptism of Kundry.

The first phrase of this theme is similar to Tristan's O sink' hernieder, Nacht der Liebe.

References: von Wolzogen ex.22, Lorenz p.156, Lavignac p.471, Kufferath ex.53, Newman ex.47, ENO ex.27, Bauer pp.23-4.

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