Definition of chorale in English:


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Pronunciation: /kɒˈrɑːl


  • 1A stately hymn tune, especially one associated with the German Lutheran Church.
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    • Fervent disputes were aroused by prayer in the vernacular, chorales after Protestant models, mixed choirs, and organ-playing.
    • The second movement, most directly connected with a funeral, pits the second choir, singing a chorale on the fragility of human life, against a florid commentary on God's mercy.
    • The Thirty Years War severely disrupted German liturgical life and fostered the composition of comparatively subjective chorales which could also be used for personal devotions.
  • 1.1A musical composition consisting of or resembling a harmonized version of a chorale.
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    • It's not a huge piece, more a quiet reflection starting from the chorale and developing a certain drama midway through, with a moment of inspired clarity at the end, as high chords soothe away the preceding tensions.
    • Although a fugue, it moves very much like a chorale.
    • Depending on the student's learning style, a teacher might ask a student to play the chord while naming the next chord in the chorale.
  • 2US A choir or choral society.
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    • In addition to his work at WOI Radio, Compton sings in his church choir, assists with Iowa State's Chamber Singers student chorale and serves as organizer/agent for an a cappella men's vocal group, The Music Men.
    • Not only does Long Beach boast an eclectic art scene, the city is home to world-class art museums, internationally renowned theater companies, its own symphony orchestra, opera company and master chorale.
    • Together the chorale perform a wide repertoire of classical music from Bach, Handel and Vivaldi as well as traditional spiritual and Filipino pieces, several a cappella works and well known songs of praise.


mid 19th century: from German Choral(gesang), translating medieval Latin cantus choralis.

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