cho·​rale | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce chorale (audio) , -ˈräl How to pronounce chorale (audio) \

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Though there are flowing lines, with voices sometimes in duo, the piece comes across, overall, as declamatory — like a chorale — with short passages almost in block chords, and moments that slip into subtly intricate hints of counterpoint. New York Times, "Before Bach, He Was Germany’s Greatest Composer," 20 Mar. 2020 The chorale also is launching free audio broadcasts of past performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Michael Urie at home, channeling Barbra Streisand: Your weekend quarantine must-watch," 18 Apr. 2020 The virtual shindig features archival performances by the chorale, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the gala honoree, Grammy-winning jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Michael Urie at home, channeling Barbra Streisand: Your weekend quarantine must-watch," 18 Apr. 2020 Passages like the chorale of winds near the end — in tune here, but not transcendently transparent — mark the difference between a very fine orchestra and a spectacular one. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: At the Philharmonic, a Strauss Humblebrag," 28 Feb. 2020 The movement’s brass chorale underscored the orchestra’s ability to project sonic power while steering clear of bombast. Howard Reich,, "Montreal Symphony Orchestra review: Profound Bartok, brilliant Rachmaninoff in Greatest Hits night at Orchestra Hall," 16 Oct. 2019 But the warring couple’s verses announce Vampire Weekend’s modern crisis, especially when contrasted with a Micronesian chorale (actually a sample of Hans Zimmer’s movie soundtrack The Thin Red Line). Armond White, National Review, "Vampire Weekend Makes the Best Pop-Political Album of the Year," 10 Dec. 2019 In the final pages, the CSO brass produced a radiant, regal chorale, reaffirming the section’s stature under new principal trumpet Esteban Batallan and veteran principal trombone Jay Friedman. Howard Reich,, "Thursday’s CSO concert featured 2 debuts. One was impressive.," 10 Oct. 2019 Kelly is the founder of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, a nonprofit group created in 2007 to organize chorales for singers 55 and older. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A chorus of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s makes its debut," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of chorale was in 1841

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“Chorale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce chorale (audio) \

Kids Definition of chorale

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

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