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 ?
The chorus performs several times a year alongside the Elgin Master Chorale, as well as in local neighborhoods and beyond, teaching its young singers the value and joy of serving their community through song.
The 3rd Las Pinas Chorale Festival is an annual event held to honor St.
Annually, the Chorale produces two free, public concerts for the greater Gulf Coast community.
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 concerts will include Alves, who is originally from Brazil, performing the Michael Jackson song "Man in the Mirror" with the chorale.
The chorale was the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform during the celebrations of the historic inauguration of president Barack Obama in 2009.
Mae Cor Glanaethwy yn gor sioe gerdd ac mae'r Gondwana Chorale yn canolbwyntio ar greu undod perffaith, un sw n.
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.
The Spooky Men's Chorale packed their bags in their native New South Wales and left behind the Blue Mountains to embark on their fourth UK tour.
The Spooky Men's Chorale is at the Gala Theatre on Thursday 20th August at 7:30pm.
A chorale is always present as a concluding movement.
Kol Tikvah Chorale has its own concealed identity; about half of the nearly 30 members are made up of five family units.