ouverture

noun ou·ver·ture \ ˌü-ver-ˈtu̇r , -ˈtᵫr \

Definition of ouverture

plural ouvertures
1 :1overture 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 Music2005
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 Music2005

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