Postlude


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Postlude

 

a supplementary section of a musical work; most often, the instrumental conclusion of a vocal composition (an art song or a song). Sometimes, the postlude is used in instrumental works (Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis [Play of Tonalities] for piano).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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