- a concluding piece or movement.
- a voluntary at the end of a church service.
Origin of postlude
1850–55; post- + -lude < Latin lūdus game, modeled on prelude
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Examples from the Web for postlude
The postlude is orchestral, with the chorus speaking above the music.
A postlude to a wedding-march and a prelude to a funeral ditto.
A postlude to the day's funeral march; a prelude to freedom.
Opening with a musical and lyrical prelude, this symphonic composition was to end with a postlude.Romain Rolland
For postlude two measures from the cantabile of Chopin's "Funeral March" are used with droll effect.
- music a final or concluding piece or movement
- a voluntary played at the end of a Church service
C19: from post- + -lude, from Latin lūdus game; compare prelude
Word Origin and History for postlude
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