Prelude

Definition of Prelude

Pre`lude´
n.1.(Mus.) 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.
The last Georgic was a good prelude to the Ænis
- Addison.
The cause is more than the prelude, the effect is more than the sequel, of the fact.
- Whewell.
v. i.1.To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude.
[imp. & p. p. Preluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Preluding.]
The musicians preluded on their instruments.
- Sir. W. Scott.
We are preluding too largely, and must come at once to the point.
- Jeffrey.
v. t.1.To introduce with a previous performance; to play or perform a prelude to; as, to prelude a concert with a lively air.
2.To serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory.
[Music] preluding some great tragedy.
- Longfellow

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