What is overture?

  • (noun): Orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Overture (French ouverture; German Ouvertüre, Vorspiel; Italian overtura; i.e. opening) in music is the term originally applied to the instrumental introduction to an opera. During the early Romantic era, composers such as Beethoven and Mendelssohn began to use the term to refer to independent, self-existing instrumental, programmatic works that presaged genres such as the symphonic poem. These were at first no doubt intended to be played at the head of a programme.

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Light Cavalry Overture
... Light Cavalry Overture is the overture to Franz von Suppé’s operetta Light Cavalry (German Leichte Kavallerie), premiered in Vienna in 1866 ... Although the operetta is rarely performed or recorded, the overture is one of Suppé's most popular compositions, and has achieved a quite distinct life of its own, divorced from the opera of which it ... the world have the piece in their repertoire, and the main theme of the overture has been quoted numerous times by musicians, cartoons and other media ...
Tam O'Shanter Overture
... The Tam o' Shanter Overture, Op ... The overture is a piece of programme music based on the famous poem by Robert Burns ...
List Of Compositions By Charles Ives - Orchestra - Overtures
... Alcott Overture (1904, inc ... but re-used for the third movement of Piano Sonata No.2) Emerson Overture for Piano and Orchestra or Emerson Concerto (1911–12, incomplete, but re-used for the ... in "Putnam's Camp" from Three Places in New England and Holidays Symphony) Overture in G Minor (1899, inc.) Overture Nationals (1915, inc ...
List Of Compositions By Anton Reicha - List of Works By Genre - Orchestral Music - Overtures
... Overture in C major, Op. 1795) Overture d'un concert ou d'une académie de la musique in D major (c. 1803–23) Overture en l'honneur de l'Impératrice Marie Thérèse (c ...
Overture, Scherzo And Finale - External Links
... Overture, Scherzo and Finale Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project. ...

More definitions of "overture":

  • (noun): A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others.
    Synonyms: advance, approach, feeler
  • (noun): Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows.
    Example: "Drinks were the overture to dinner"
    Synonyms: preliminary, prelude