- an introductory movement to a musical work, especially a prelude or overture.
Origin of vorspiel
< German, equivalent to vor- pre-, fore1 + Spiel game, play
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Examples from the Web for vorspiel
This Vorspiel, like that to "Lohengrin," is short and delicate.Contemporary American Composers
The Vorspiel of "Siegfried" is expressive of Mime's planning and plotting.
In the early portion of this vorspiel only the string instruments are used.
From the opening phrase of the Vorspiel Forbes became a Wagnerian.What Will People Say?
This "Valkyr" Vorspiel is a masterly representation in tone of a storm gathering for its last infuriated onslaught.