Definition of curtain tune
1 chiefly British, old-fashioned : the overture to a play
2 : a piece of music performed between the acts of a play An overture … is not the same as a curtain tune, which can be used for any music which accompanies the drawing up of the curtain, although the two are often used interchangeably. — Vanessa Rogers, in Henry Fielding in Our Time, 2008 —called also act tune, curtain music
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