chorale


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

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.
..... Click the link for more information.
 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Menke guessed that three other works belonged to this presumed set of chorale settings for Danzig: Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr TVWV 1:59; Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme TVWV 1:1488; and Wenn meine Sund mich kranken TVWV 1:1565.
The Master Chorale of South Florida Christmas concert will feature some timeless Christmas classics performed along with some classical compositions.
The chorale was the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform during the celebrations of the historic inauguration of president Barack Obama in 2009.
La creation de cette chorale serait a l'instar de celle du Caire qui a connu la naissance de plusieurs artistes talentueux, capables d'interpreter tous les types de chants arabes en vue de proteger l'identite artistique egyptienne, contre toute invasion ou disparition.
Most of the men in The Spooky Men''s Chorale are from the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, but some are from Western Australia.
Spooky Men's Chorale appear at the Philharmonic Hall on August 25.
MEN IN BLACK - The Spooky Men's Chorale will be bringing their unique show to the Gala Theatre
Kol Tikvah Chorale has its own concealed identity; about half of the nearly 30 members are made up of five family units.
In Chorale, despite the Egyptian-flavored wigs and Grecian urn poses, Chouinard takes her audiences not to a forgotten past, but "deeper into the here and now," physically and psychologically.
Cascade Chorale of Bend, conducted by Clyde Thompson;
The tickets, priced at pounds 6 and pounds 4 for schoolchildren, are available from all Chorale members or from Jenny Cheney on 024 7631 2310, or Gillian Greenwood on 01827 880647.
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.