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It was the overture to this work which caused so much difficulty to Corelli.

But it was only the beginning of the overture, and she sat down laughing.

Arlt's overture was to have its first hearing, the week before Thanksgiving.

They were in their places just a few moments before the overture was played.

He has nothing but the piano concerto, an overture he wrote in Germany, and some songs.

You have first given me the overture and now the curtain is to rise.

It was she who had in fact been injured, and the overture should come from the other side.

Pike had fashioned well the time and manner of this overture.

The overture is a confused, formless number, indicating the darkness.

Unlike Handel's other oratorios, there is no overture or even prelude to the work.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "opening, aperture;" early 15c. as "an introductory proposal," from Old French overture "opening; proposal" (Modern French ouverture), from Latin apertura "opening," from aperire "to open, uncover" (see overt). Orchestral sense first recorded in English 1660s.

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