concert overture
Overture O"ver*ture, [OF. overture, F. ouverture, fr. OF. ovrir, F. ouvrir. See {Overt}.] 1. An opening or aperture; a recess; a chamber. [Obs.] --Spenser. ``The cave's inmost overture.'' --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. Disclosure; discovery; revelation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

It was he That made the overture of thy treasons to us. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A proposal; an offer; a proposition formally submitted for consideration, acceptance, or rejection. ``The great overture of the gospel.'' --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) A composition, for a full orchestra, designed as an introduction to an oratorio, opera, or ballet, or as an independent piece; -- called in the latter case a {concert overture}. [1913 Webster]


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