Definition of ouverture
1 : overture 4; especially : french overture The first movement of each suite is an ouverture, a hefty movement in the French style propelled by dotted rhythms … — Chris Woodstra et al., All Music Guide to Classical Music, 2005
2 : a Baroque orchestral suite beginning with an overture In Germany and France, the suites are usually called ouvertures, which is also the designation of the first movement — Chris Woodstra et al., All Music Guide to Classical Music, 2005
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