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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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The Himig Chorale, or simply Himig, is the official choir of the RMMC in General Santos City.
A fine example of this new wave of Telemann scholarship is Ute Poetzsch's critical edition of five chorale settings composed between the mid-1740s and 1754: Christus, der ist mein Leben TVWV 1:138; Du, o schemes Weltgebaude TVWV 1:394; Ich bin ja, Herr, in deiner Macht TVWV 1:822; Jesu, meine Freude TVWV 1:970; and Jesus, meine Zuversicht TVWV 1:984.
If Bach heard the Stadtpfeifers play (nearly a certainty), it is likely he heard a brass voice playing chromatic obbligati and doubling chorale voices.
The lullaby-like final chorus,"Ruht Wohl," is lovingly shaped and restrained, as is the final funeral chorale, too often screeched, maintaining the overall mood of resignation and acceptance.
1, 5, and 9 are chorales evidently planned for congregational participation, but provenance also suggests that the choir sang them.
Their soothing, well-controlled delivery of the 12 Lutheran Chorales helped us on our journey through this epic of suffering, and brought us to the here-and-now in world-class form.
The first group of chorales draws us into an atmosphere of dream, the suppressed expectation of advent.
It is fairly simple to teach using a four-voice chorale texture, which can serve as a preliminary step to the more complex application of open-score reading.
Lutheran leaders of the sixteenth century developed lists of popular hymns (chorales) that reflected the thought and spirit of certain Sundays, festivals, and seasons of the church year.
Paul Salamunovich, director emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will be the guest conductor at the first Oregon Choral Summit on Saturday in Eugene.
* Dallas: The award-winning Turtle Creek Chorale presents "Bells, Bows, & Bangles" (December 19-22) with special guests Resounding Joy, a bell ensemble from the city's Cathedral of Hope, the nation's largest Metropolitan Community Church congregation.
It is important for the argument to establish that it is the first stanzas of the chorales and not any of the subsequent ones that the composer aims to portray, and this Schneider does very well.