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prelude
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

2 uses
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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
  • I recognized the Prelude, from Handel's Messiah—"I know that my Redeemer liveth."
    p. 571.5
  • It does not matter what prelude begins the service; I will always hear Handel's Messiah—and my mother's not-quite-trained soprano singing, "I know that my Redeemer liveth."
    p. 286.5

There are no more uses of "prelude" in A Prayer for Owen Meany.

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