Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Protestant hymn melody.
  • n. A harmonized hymn, especially one for organ.
  • n. A chorus or choir.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of Lutheran or Protestant hymn tune
  • n. a chorus or choir

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See choral, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune

Etymologies

German, short for Choralgesang, choral song, translation of Medieval Latin cantus chorālis; see choral.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Choral. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This magnificent location at the base of fractured-stone cliffs, rising 600 feet above the natural amphitheater created by the crashing cascade, was a photo-perfect setting for federal and state tourism officials, so they assembled the symphony orchestra and chorale from the Arts and Sciences University of Chiapas, and assorted dignitaries and reporters.

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  • The first movement is a chorale fantasia based on the first verse of the chorale, which is a common feature of Bach's cantatas.

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  • The chorale was the exact opposite of the motette of the Netherlands.

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  • The chorale is the first to perform it in North America.

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  • The chorale is a 75-85 member chorus that performs two to four concerts per year, including a holiday concert in early December and a spring concert in early May.

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  • So in a sense the chorale is the link to our past. "

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  • Seniors who participated in a chorale showed significant health improvements compared to others their age: fewer doctor visits, fewer eyesight problems and falls, improved lung capacity and less asthma, less incidence of depression -- even the need for medication decreased.

    Brenda Peterson: Sing, Make a Joyful Sound: How Singing Helps Us

  • As we all, elders and chorale join together at the end of our Seattle concert to sing holiday songs, I feel a surge of physical well-being and gratitude to all the voices raised so strongly.

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  • "The chorale pieces, which are dark and serious, full of rough jagged edges; and the character songs, which are more popular and tuneful, but no less innovative."

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  • Yet, in a sense, that was not all the director's doing: The opera concludes with Death's gentle aria in which he describes himself as relief from pain, not the cause of pain; the Emperor's rhapsodic farewell; and a luminous setting of a Lutheran chorale to the words, "Come Death, and be a willing guest" — taking the opera musically in an entirely different direction.

    Writing Death's Gentle Aria in the Face of Despair

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