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prelude

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Definition something that prepares for or introduces what is to follow

or:

music #1:  an introductory piece of music — such as might introduce an act of an opera

or:

music #2:  a short independent piece of music — typically for piano
  • The move is seen as a prelude to a declaration of war.
prelude = something that prepares for or introduces what is to follow
  • a prelude to dictatorship
  • the Prelude to Act 1 of La Traviata
  • Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-Sharp Minor
  • My favorite song by Duke Ellington's is Prelude to a Kiss.
  • The person, whoever it was, gave a small cough, evidently as a prelude to speaking.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • prelude = something to prepare for what follows
  • Which is always a prelude to the age of the cave.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Vosch draws out the word, a prelude.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Years before, they often went there as prelude to a romantic night.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • And all of this was merely a prelude to the big street dance that would begin at midnight and end at one in the morning.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • There were long lonely preludes to winter in the splendid pines, and a whistling of wind in the long grasses.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • This discovery was a prelude to a certain and horrible death.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The foregoing investigation into the nature of the idea of Texas is put down as a prelude to my journeying across Texas with Charley in Rocinante.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The two ladies entered the drawing-room with that sort of official stiffness which preludes a formal communication.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • O curst essay of arms, disastrous doom, Prelude of bloody fields, and fights to come!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • And then the fact that he was actually saying something that sounded like it might be a prelude to asking me out"well, I nearly threw up.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Is this the prelude to some hackneyed saw?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Hippolyte said to me, without any prelude, that the general had promised the widow four hundred roubles.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • I had already been out many hours and felt the torment of a burning thirst, a prelude to my other sufferings.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Hepzibah involuntarily thought of the ghostly harmonies, prelusive of death in the family, which were attributed to the legendary Alice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables

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