- an orchestral composition forming the prelude or introduction to an opera, oratorio, etc.
- an independent piece of similar character.
- the action of an ecclesiastical court in submitting a question or proposal to presbyteries.
- the proposal or question so submitted.
verb (used with object), o·ver·tured, o·ver·tur·ing.
Examples from the Web for overture
And the opening ballet between the overture and "Runyonland" wasn't working; it was out, it was back in, it was out again.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’|Ross Wetzsteon|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Encouragingly, it seems the group was actually rewarded for this overture.
Bob Woodward's scoop today about Roger Ailes's overture to David Petraeus is well worth your time.
Wicoff adds, “Sometimes the people with the most unassailable credits as a conservative can be the ones to make the overture.”
The New York Times: On the World Stage, Obama Issues an Overture Portrait of the president as a young statesman.
The business men of the place had already made this overture to me.Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler|Pardee Butler
The overture was a surprise to them, as it was to all but the two or three behind the scenes.Hope Benham|Nora Perry
I felt it a duty to respond to this overture, and did so, both privately and publicly.Recollections of a Long Life|John Stoughton
The air, "Sieni moi Sieni," was played again by way of overture, and the curtain again went up.The House of the Dead or Prison Life in Siberia|Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The finale to the first act, in which the leading motives of the overture were introduced, called forth enthusiastic applause.The Great Musicians: Rossini and His School|Henry Sutherland Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for overture
- a piece of orchestral music containing contrasting sections that is played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio, often containing the main musical themes of the work
- a similar piece preceding the performance of a play
- Also called: concert overture a one-movement orchestral piece, usually having a descriptive or evocative title
- a short piece in three movements (French overture or Italian overture) common in the 17th and 18th centuries