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chorale

(kōrăl`, –räl`), any of the traditional hymns of the German Protestant Church. The form was developed after the Reformation to replace the plainsongplainsong
or plainchant,
the unharmonized chant of the medieval Christian liturgies in Europe and the Middle East; usually synonymous with Gregorian chant, the liturgical music of the Roman Catholic Church.
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 of the earlier service and as a means of congregational participation in the liturgy. Early chorales were mainly translations of Latin hymns set to folksong melodies. The chorale is strophic, written in simple language, and has a simple melody, but its phrasing and metrical structure are less regular than those of the English hymn. J. S. Bach reworked nearly 400 existing chorales and composed 30 new ones.

chorale

, choral
1. a slow stately hymn tune, esp of the Lutheran Church
2. Chiefly US a choir or chorus
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James Stemen, head of the music department at Moorpark College and director of the Los Robles Master Chorale, said the group has an excellent blend of sound and they sing well in tune.
He said a range that diverse is unheard of with large, mixed-gender chorale groups.
17) "This inclusion and availability of a large number of early Reformation chorales in LBW can hardly be overstated.
The view that Bach's chorale harmonizations were essentially choral settings not intended for congregational singing prevailed, and one finds only two included in LBW.
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Photo: (1--Color) Grammy-winning conductor Vance George rehearses with the Ventura County and Los Robles chorales at Moorpark College.
The obvious advantage for the organist outside of Germany is that these volumes provide a repository of intonations and alternate harmonizations for chorales included in a wide variety o f hymnals.
A fourth setting occurs in the form of the Chorale Service of Holy Communion, in which classic hymns are suggested to replace texts of the Ordinary of the Mass and a few other texts.
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.
The interior verses of the chorales involve an assorted mix of solo, duet, and choral movements.
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