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[fawr-shpeel, fohr-] /ˈfɔr ʃpil, ˈfoʊr-/
an introductory movement to a musical work, especially a prelude or overture.
Origin of vorspiel
< German, equivalent to vor- pre-, fore1 + Spiel game, play Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This vorspiel, like that to "Lohengrin," is short and delicate.

  • In the early portion of this vorspiel only the string instruments are used.

  • The vorspiel of "Siegfried" is expressive of Mime's planning and plotting.

  • From the opening phrase of the vorspiel Forbes became a Wagnerian.

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  • This "Valkyr" vorspiel is a masterly representation in tone of a storm gathering for its last infuriated onslaught.

  • Through themes which are familiar from earlier portions of the work, the vorspiel rises to a crashing fortissimo.

  • Then to the sombre, questioning phrase of the Motive of Fate, the action begins to disclose the significance of this vorspiel.

  • In the sense that it precedes the rise of the curtain, this orchestral composition is a vorspiel, or prelude.

  • This concluding passage in the vorspiel thus brings out with great eloquence the inner significance of "Die Meistersinger."

  • The vorspiel to "Parsifal" is based on three of the most deeply religious motives in the entire work.

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