Prelude (Fr. prélude; Ger. Vorspiel; It., Sp. preludio; Lat. praeludium, praeambulum)
- David Ledbetter
- and Howard Ferguson
A term of varied application that, in its original usage, indicated a piece that preceded other music whose tonic, mode, or key it was designed to introduce; was instrumental (the roots ludus and Spiel mean ‘played’ as opposed to ‘sung’); and was improvised (hence the French ...