Definitions of prelude

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

Usage examples for prelude

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. Thus the prelude followed the play. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. I'd rather dreaded the prelude. – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. But this served merely as a prelude to what was to follow. – Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions by Slason Thompson
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  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. After his death the Prelude, finished in 1805, was pub. – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  20. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde