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chorale

Syllabification: cho·rale
Pronunciation: /kəˈral, -ˈräl
 
 
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Definition of chorale in English:

noun

1A musical composition (or part of one) consisting of or resembling a harmonized version of a simple, stately hymn tune.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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