preliminary, overture, prelude(noun)
something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
"training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; "drinks were the overture to dinner"
music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
serve as a prelude or opening to
play as a prelude
An introductory or preliminary performance or event; a preface.
A short piece of music that acts as an introduction to a longer piece.
To introduce something, as a prelude.
Origin: From prelude, from preludium, from earlier praeludere.
an introductory performance, preceding and preparing for the principal matter; a preliminary part, movement, strain, etc.; especially (Mus.), a strain introducing the theme or chief subject; a movement introductory to a fugue, yet independent; -- with recent composers often synonymous with overture
to play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude
to introduce with a previous performance; to play or perform a prelude to; as, to prelude a concert with a lively air
to serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory
Origin: [L. praeludere, praelusum; prae before + ludere to play: cf. F. prluder. See Ludicrous.]
A prelude is a short piece of music, the form of which may vary from piece to piece. The prelude can be thought of as a preface. It may stand on its own or introduce another work. While, during the Baroque era, for example, it may have served as an introduction to succeeding movements of a work that were usually longer and more complex, it may also have been a stand alone piece of work during the Romantic era. It generally features a small number of rhythmic and melodic motifs that recur through the piece. Stylistically, the prelude is improvisatory in nature. The prelude can also refer to an overture, particularly to those seen in an opera or an oratorio.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē-lūd′, or prel′ūd, n. the introductory movement of a musical work: a prefatory piece to an oratorio, &c.: an organ voluntary before a church service: a preface: a forerunner.—v.t. Prelude′, to play before: to preface, as an introduction.—v.i. to perform a prelude: to serve as a prelude.—adjs. Prelū′dial and Prelū′dious (rare); Prelū′sive, of the nature of a prelude: introductory.—advs. Prelū′sively; Prelū′sorily.—adj. Prelū′sory, introductory. [Fr.,—Late L. præludium—L. præ, before, ludĕre, to play.]
The numerical value of prelude in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of prelude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom.
The pain of leaving those you've grown to love is only the prelude to an understanding of yourself and others.
The prelude to Tristan and Isolde sounded as if a bomb had fallen into a large music factory and had thrown all the notes into confusion.
The prelude to Tristan and Isolde reminds me of the Italian painting of the martyr whose intestines are slowly being unwound from his body on a reel.
What's been happening the past few days, these statements by Miller and Putin, is all just a prelude for talks between Russia and Ukraine over a summer deal.
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