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as in:  played the William Tell Overture

The overture was already being played when they arrived.
  orchestral music played as an introduction to a longer piece — especially an opera or oratorio
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overture overtures
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  • The overture was already being played when they arrived.
  • The stage was dark for a moment, and silent; then suddenly, with a burst of golden light and an orchestral overture from the CD player behind the curtain, Angel stepped onto the stage.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • The curtain had not yet risen and the overture was being played.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
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Associated words [difficulty]:   overture [6]
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