chorale prelude


: a composition usually for organ based on a chorale

Examples of chorale prelude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those composers include some from Luther’s time and some from our time, and instrumental chorale preludes appear in Swingle Singers-like vocalise, without the insistent perkiness. Anthony Tommasini, James R. Oestreich, David Allen, Seth Colter Walls and Joshua Barone, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chorale prelude was circa 1924

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“Chorale prelude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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