The article considers the interpretation of the term “Leitmotiv” and leitmotiv technique by Vincent d’Indy, the famous French Wagnerian. Two views on the phenomenon of the leitmotiv and two terminological systems are compared: from the one hand, Wagner’s concepts “melodischer Moment” and “Gefühlswegweiser”; from the other hand, a variety of definitions, which are used by d’Indy in his theoretical works. The practical embodying of the leitmotiv method is analyzed in terms of the opera «L’Étranger».
The article represents a comparative analysis of the libretto of the opera “L’Etranger” by V. d’Indy and Ibsen’s two plays (Brand and The Lady from the Sea), on which the composer based his text. The author of the article considers the images of the main characters, the main poetic motifs, and partly concerns the issues of drama.
Vincent d’Indy, «L’Étranger», Henrik Ibsen, «Brand», «The Lady from the Sea».