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prel·ude / ˈprelˌ(y)oōd; ˈprāˌl(y)oōd/ • n. 1. an action or event serving as an introduction to something more important: education cannot simply be a prelude to a career. 2. an introductory piece of music, most commonly an orchestral opening to an act of an opera, the first movement of a suite, or a piece preceding a fugue. ∎  a short piece of music of a similar style, esp. for the piano. ∎  the introductory part of a poem or other literary work. • v. [tr.] serve as a prelude or introduction to: the bombardment preluded an all-out final attack. DERIVATIVES: pre·lu·di·al / priˈloōdēəl; prā-/ adj.

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prelude (prā´lōōd), musical composition of no universal style, usually for the keyboard. It was originally used to precede a ceremony and later a second, often larger piece. Early preludes represent the first example of idiomatic keyboard music. During the baroque period the prelude formed the first movement of suites and fugues. The most widely known preludes, those written for the piano by Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy and Aleksandr Scriabin, are independent works with no introductory function.

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prelude In music, a preliminary movement that serves to introduce a work of which it may or may not formally be a part. It was often used as the first movement of a suite. The popularity of Chopin's piano preludes led to its associations with a short piece of an imaginative nature.

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prelude introductory action, condition, etc. XVI; (mus.) XVII. — F. prélude or medL. prælūdium, f. prælūdere play beforehand, preface, f. præ- PRE- + lūdere play.
So vb. XVII. — L.

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prelude. A piece of mus. which precedes something else, e.g. preceding a fugue; forming 1st movt. of a suite; orch. introduction to opera. Also a self-contained short piece for pf., as those by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, etc.

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