: a hymn or psalm sung to a traditional or composed melody in church; also : a harmonization of a chorale melody <a Bach chorale>
Examples of CHORALE
- <practiced a chorale to perform in church>
- <a chorale that is regarded as being among the best in the state>
Origin of CHORALE
short for Choralgesang
First Known Use: 1841
Rhymes with CHORALE
, grand mal
, gun moll
chorale noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Metrical hymn tune associated in common English usage with the Lutheran church in Germany. From early in the Reformation, chorales were to be sung by the congregation during the Protestant liturgy. The words of the Lutheran chorales were often Latin plainsong hymn texts translated into the vernacular. The melodies were often borrowed from secular song and therefore displayed great melodic and structural simplicity. In modern times the chorale is considered to be a musical setting, usually polyphonic (multivoiced), of a traditional religious text.
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