curtain tune

noun

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 Time2008
called also act tune, curtain music

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