from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music An organ voluntary played at the end of a church service.
- n. Music A concluding piece.
- n. A final chapter or phase.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The final part of a piece; especially music played (normally on the organ) at the end of a church service.
- n. A concluding passage of text or speech; an epilogue or afterword.
- v. To form a postlude (to); to end with a postlude.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A voluntary at the end of a service.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, an organ-piece at the end of a church service; a concluding voluntary: correlated with prelude and interlude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a voluntary played at the end of a religious service
Finally, in a "postlude" Sachs recalls his own boyhood discovery -- in Cleveland -- of Beethoven and touches on the composer's importance to him.
The organist then begins a short postlude as the congregants greet each other in the pews, laughing and offering hugs and hellos.
It ends with a ravishingly beautiful orchestral postlude as Junior, Dinah's mentally ill adult son, embraces her casket.
But relax, because the ad ends with a sort of ethereal, euphoric postlude, making one feel as though Fimian will be descending on Fairfax on clouds and wearing a halo.
I think I actually snuck it in as a postlude once.
That's it: from now on, every prelude and postlude gets listed in the church bulletin as "Abrogated Pedagogy." posted by Matthew @ 9: 56 AM
Rodrigo arranged his own assassination, supplied a DVD postlude to the masses via YouTube & social media, begged his country, Enough Guatemala, Enough!
It was sufficiently exhilarating to maintain our interest in the postlude performance of the original final movement, which Saint-Saëns scrapped on the frank advice of his mother.
Bookending the opera proper had been a prologue and postlude by actor Malcolm McDowell.
I'm afraid I see the Heene family's behavior not as an "extreme" of exhibitionist/stage-parent tendencies as the "postlude" to the question suggests, but as something qualitatively different and morally out of bounds.