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consists of two sections: a slow somber introduction with dotted rhytms, followed by an Allegro in imitative style.
musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play
men who were castrated as boys so that their voices would not change; they sounded like women with voices that had a great deal of power.
operas without costumes and staging; created for performance in church or in an opera house during lent-a penitential season.
rhythimically interlocking voices; one fills space left by another's rests to make a complete melody
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