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1. Music
a. An organ voluntary played at the end of a church service.
b. A concluding piece.
2. A final chapter or phase.


1. (Music, other) music a final or concluding piece or movement
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a voluntary played at the end of a Church service
[C19: from post- + -lude, from Latin lūdus game; compare prelude]


(ˈpoʊst lud)

a concluding piece of music, esp. an organ voluntary at the end of a church service.
[1850–55; post- + -lude < Latin lūdus game, on the model of prelude]
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Noun1.postlude - a voluntary played at the end of a religious service
voluntary - composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance


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Their inclusion in the "further listening" postlude to each chapter would be a welcome addition.
Stating that the variations on the Emperor's Hymn represent a kind of metamorphosis from Lied to string quartet, he references the hymn's original status as a government commission and its recognisability while considering Haydn's avoidance of demanding polyphony or strict counterpoint, instead noting that the postlude which rises from the final pitch of the Lied points toward a solution of negotiating the relationship between vocal and instrumental idioms.
It all depends on how one nuances the prelude, interlude, and postlude.
The analysis of the postlude to Brahms's song Meine Liebe ist grim is a case in point.
As the orchestra plunged into the dark-toned postlude, a woman slowly emerged from the shadows upstage.
In a postlude he writes, "[E]diting, I think remains a mystery to the world.
A slice is a fitting postlude to a hearty breakfast of champorado made of ballatinaw (violet) rice, longganisa from Batac, and crisp dried flying fish-better than bacon.
So when we play Ottoman muwashaht, you're supposed to start with the prelude and go the end with the postlude.
Finally--and again--the Postlude on "Owls" makes for a fittingly emotional coda, as Moe encounters a dead owl and his/her mourning mate in the road.
The music included songs of the Christmas season, such as "0 Holy Night" for the seating of the mothers, "Canon in D" overlaid with "The First Noel" for the processional, and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" for the postlude.
The full programme which is designed to use every one of the Father Willis organ's 65 stops includes: Hollins' ' Concert Overture in C, Felton''s A little Trio, Stanford''s Postlude in D minor, Thalben-Ball''s Elegy, Jackson''s Diversion, Cockroft''s Lullaby and Healey-Willan''s Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue Tickets from Kirklees Box Office on 01484 223200, on the door on the day of the concert or online from www.
A postlude argues for the continuing relevance of Daoist anarchism.