chorale

noun

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

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 The Bay Area brims with scores of chorales of every variety, from Cantare con Vivo to WomenSing, Schola Cantorum and more. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 But to have the chorale perform a multimedia piece is new for them and a company their size. James Russell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 The blend of voices and the unified commitment is one of the hallmarks of the chorale. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 1 Mar. 2024 But rather than juice the story with agitated music, Ruo overlays it with reverent chorales. An Epic Set, Vulture, 16 Jan. 2024 Audience members and members of the chorale can join together in singing selections of Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Music Director John K. Russell and accompanied by organist Martin Green. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 Back and forth in the room, the chorale, then the brass, chorale and brass, chorale and brass, driving the rant. Martin Scorsese, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2023 The chorale hosts its sixth annual High School Honor Choir, an all-day event where about 100 high school choir students will rehearse with the master choir in a daylong workshop and then perform with the chorale in the afternoon. Sara Butler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 With heartfelt solemnity and spoken thanks from the stage, the quartet gave its audience an encore from a transcription of Bach’s final chorale. Jeremy Yudkin, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

German Choral, short for Choralgesang choral song

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chorale was in 1841

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“Chorale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chorale. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

chorale

noun
cho·​rale kə-ˈral How to pronounce chorale (audio) -ˈräl How to pronounce chorale (audio)
1
: a sacred song sung by the choir or congregation or both at a church service : hymn
2

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