ouverture

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

Definition of ouverture

plural

ouvertures

  1. 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 Music, 2005

  2. 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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