cho·​rale | \kə-ˈral, -ˈräl \

Definition of chorale 

1 : a hymn or psalm sung to a traditional or composed melody in church also : a harmonization of a chorale melody a Bach chorale

2 : chorus, choir

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Examples of chorale in a Sentence

practiced a chorale to perform in church a chorale that is regarded as being among the best in the state

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The program ranges from a Bach chorale transcription to the Americana music of William Kroll, Mark O’Connor, and Rick Sowash. Robert Knox,, "Community chorus takes musical journey from Broadway to abroad," 27 Apr. 2018 Kempowski’s prose contains collages of confetti-size fragments from literature, biblical texts, church chorales, 1940s movies and popular songs. New York Times, "750,000 Germans Fled East Prussia in 1945. A Novelist Imagines One Family’s Exodus.," 25 May 2018 This chorale for women formerly and currently from all walks of life was founded at the Hartford College for Women by Peter Harvey in the 1970s and continues under the direction of Chai-Lun Yueh. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 1 May 2018 Again, the brass chorales were especially striking, and Eileen Moon-Myers played the cello solos beautifully. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Odd, Delightful Juxtapositions at the Philharmonic," 27 Apr. 2018 This sets the tone for the piece, partly in the way Higdon gently resists the kind of rigor one associates with a chorale. David Patrick Stearns,, "Philly Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon delights Chicago with a new world premiere, coming here soon," 2 Feb. 2018 The chorale and orchestral work integrates World War I poems written by English soldier Wilfred Owen with texts from the traditional Latin Requiem, or Mass for the Dead. Lynn Trenning, charlotteobserver, "Sensoria is CPCC’s 10-day festival of literature and the arts in Charlotte. Don’t miss it. | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 The first major addition is the text that bridges the cantata’s three chorales. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "A Song of Spiritual Awakening," 23 Mar. 2018 Vocal music will be provided by a women's trio and women's chorale, led by choral directors Felicia Patton and Cindy Chase. Cathy Janek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora church to stage performances of 'The Last Supper'," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chorale

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chorale

German Choral, short for Choralgesang choral song

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English Language Learners Definition of chorale

: a song that is sung in a church service by a large group of singers

: a chorus or choir


cho·​rale | \kə-ˈral \

Kids Definition of chorale

1 : a hymn sung by the choir or congregation at a church service

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