A piece of instrumental music, typically of a fanfare-like character, serving as an introduction, especially to a suite of dances, or to accompany a ceremonial entrance; a prelude, an overture. In later use also: a short independent piece of this kind.
The form was originally popularized by Alessandro Orologio (1550–1633), Venetian-born composer and instrumentalist, resident in northern Europe, who published his Intradae at Helmstedt in 1597; the intrada became a standard of the repertoire of German and Austrian composers in the first half of the 17th century.
Mid 17th century. From post-classical Latin intrada from Italian regional (Venice) intrada, variant of Italian entrata, †intrata.