Prelude

[p_ɹ_ˈɛ_l_j_uː_d], [pɹˈɛljuːd], [pɹˈɛljuːd]

Definitions of prelude:

  1.   play as a prelude, of musical pieces
  2.   An opening strain or piece in music.
  3.   something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows; " training is a necessary preliminary to employment"; " drinks were the overture to dinner"
  4.   music that precedes a fugue or introduces an act in an opera
  5.   To serve as an introduction.
  6.   Introductory piece of music; something that precedes.
  7.   Preluder.
  8.   To introduce; to play before.
  9.   To serve as prelude to; to precede as introductory.
  10.   To begin with a prelude; precede.
  11.   To play before: to precede, as an introduction.
  12.   Anything introductory.
  13.   Prelusive.
  14.   Something introductory or preparatory, as indicative of what is to follow: a forerunner; a short strain of music before a regular piece or concert.
  15.   To perform a prelude; preface.
  16.   A short musical flourish or voluntary played before the commencement of the piece to be performed; the overture; something introductory; something which indicates a future event.
  17.   A short piece of music before a longer piece: a preface: a forerunner.
  18.   serve as a prelude to
  19.   serve as a prelude or opening to
  20.   To introduce with a previous performance; to play or perform a prelude to; as, to prelude a concert with a lively air.
  21.   To play an introduction or prelude; to give a prefatory performance; to serve as prelude.
  22.   To serve as an introduction to; precede.
  23.   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.
  24.   A short piece of music played as an introduction to a longer piece; preface; something done to prepare the way for something more important.
  25.   To precede; to introduce a piece of music with a voluntary movement; to serve as an introduction to.

Antonyms for prelude:

conclusion, closing, stop, grand finale, wrap up, Capper, termination, ending, end, envoi, postscript, mop up, epilogue, finish, cessation, close, endgame, aftermath, home stretch, consummation, finale, windup, finis.


Quotes for prelude:

  1. So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior. – Steven Biko
  2. The world is likely to view any temporary extension of the income tax cuts for the top two percent as a prelude to a long -term or permanent extension, and that would hurt economic recovery as well by undermining confidence that we're prepared to make a commitment today to bring down our future deficits. – Timothy Geithner
  3. This kind of prelude was succeeded by the concerto itself which he executed with a degree of spirit and firmness that no one has ever pretended to equal. – John Hawkins
  4. I would hazard a guess that we have found fossilized human remains of at least a thousand different specimens in South and East Africa, more or less complete at that. I think this is where the prelude to human history was primarily played out. – Richard Leakey
  5. I was fifteen years old, and I hardly knew how to play a simple Bach prelude on the piano when I began to compose music, and at the most advanced level. I had never studied such things as harmony. – Gyorgy Legeti
  6. Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to- or can't- join the Big Parade. – Bette Midler
  7. It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by propaganda of fear and hatred is the prelude to destruction. – John Boyd Orr

Usage examples for prelude:

  1. Supposing that this was a prelude to an expression of doubt as to his honesty, Lancey did look the Pasha full in the face, and returned his stare with interest. ” – In the Track of the Troops by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. “ I'd rather dreaded the prelude – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  3. But the whole book, if I may say it, is the prelude to the further scene, the silent entry of Fate, the coming of the Master to survey the servant's work. ” – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  4. After his death the Prelude finished in 1805, was pub. ” – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  5. Was it not possible that their distressing conditions were a prelude to disaster? ” – True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World by Adolphus W. Greely
  6. Yell, ye fiends, and howl in hideous harmony a prelude to my tale!" ” – John Leech, His Life and Work. Vol. 1 by William Powell Frith
  7. The great battle for human liberty had commenced; the struggle for religious liberty was but the prelude to what was to follow. ” – A Short History of France by Mary Platt Parmele
  8. The subject of the Prelude the story of a Poet's soul, and of the effect on it of the revelation of its ideal. ” – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  9. This remark, I knew from experience, was the prelude to something even more interesting than usual, and I waited patiently for her to begin. ” – A Grandmother's Recollections by Ella Rodman
  10. That evening, during the half- hour preceding dinner, the dining- room was the scene of another struggle, only a little less desperate than that which had been the prelude to lunch, and again an appeal to the head of the house was found necessary. ” – Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington
  11. And, dearest, I mean to take your advice and be quiet awhile and let my mind get used to its new medium of sight; seeing all things, as it does, through you: and then, let all I have done be the prelude and the real work begin. ” – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  12. But this served merely as a prelude to what was to follow. ” – Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions by Slason Thompson
  13. But far different feelings must have been awakened, when he went on to unfold the gigantic scheme of conquest, to which, as he pretended, the invasion of Sicily was no more than a prelude – Stories From Thucydides by H. L. Havell
  14. That former event served as a type and prelude to the latter, and formed moreover a prophecy of it in deeds, inasmuch as both rested on the same foundation, viz. ” – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1 by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
  15. Thus the prelude followed the play. ” – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  16. B. The whole scene for male chorus commencing with the song of the watchman on the tower, which enters in D major immediately after the great prelude in A major, and thus leads from the heights to the earth. ” – Correspondence of Wagner and Liszt, Volume 1 by Francis Hueffer (translator)
  17. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. ” – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  18. The organ was playing the prelude when the little hand with the bow went out in a wide, sure, strong curve, and when the bow touched the strings, they sang from a soul depth that no child's experience could know. ” – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  19. It was the prelude however, to more serious attacks, which shortly succeeded one another in rapid succession till the moment of his death. ” – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
  20. Agitated as Erika already was, and consequently sensitively alive to impressions, the first sound of the trumpets thrilled her every nerve, and before the last note of the prelude had died away she had reached a condition of ecstasy closely allied to pain, and could with difficulty restrain her tears. ” – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin

Idioms for prelude:

  • prelude to sth;
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