- a relatively short, independent instrumental composition, free in form and resembling an improvisation.
- a piece that precedes a more important movement.
- the overture to an opera.
- an independent piece, of moderate length, sometimes used as an introduction to a fugue.
- music opening a church service; an introductory voluntary.
verb (used with object), prel·ud·ed, prel·ud·ing.
verb (used without object), prel·ud·ed, prel·ud·ing.
Origin of prelude
OTHER WORDS FROM preludeprel·ud·er, nounpre·lu·di·al [pri-loo-dee-uhl] /prɪˈlu di əl/, pre·lu·di·ous, adjectivepre·lu·di·ous·ly, adverbun·prel·ud·ed, adjective
Words nearby prelude
Example sentences from the Web for preluding
The walking-stick fell to the floor with a light clatter and crash, preluding her storm.The Tree of Heaven|May Sinclair
The orchestra was preluding with the slow harmonies of a waltz.Two banks of the Seine|Fernand Vandrem
It is not the preluding such an election with public prayer that would make it a religious act.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
After preluding a little, I drew my pages from my pocket and read my verses to him.Marie|Alexander Pushkin
Preluding runs lead to the simple descending line of treble with opposite of basses, answered by the jovial phrase.Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies|Philip H. Goepp
British Dictionary definitions for preluding
- a piece of music that precedes a fugue, or forms the first movement of a suite, or an introduction to an act in an opera, etc
- (esp for piano) a self-contained piece of music