I am reading a book where a section started with this definition of the German word (phrase?) Das Vorspiel - prelude; overture; prologue; preliminary match; foreplay; performance; practical (exam); audition; das ist erst das ~ that is just for starters.
- Collins German Unabridged Dictionary (seventh edition, 2007)
That's some word! It incorporates symphonies, practice examinations (simulation?), sexual prowess, theatre, and other bits and pieces.