Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A half chorus; a passage to be sung by a selected portion of the voices, rather than the full choir.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A half chorus; a passage to be sung by a selected portion of the voices, as the female voices only, in contrast with the full choir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music:
  • n. Either a small number of singers selected for lighter effects from all the parts of a large chorus, or a chorus made up of fewer than the full number of parts, as a male chorus or a female chorus: opposed to full chorus. Also called small chorus.
  • n. A movement intended to be performed by such a partial chorus.

Etymologies

semi- +‎ chorus (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • It is mostly minimalist, with a semichorus as Joan's own voice and the massed choirs singing...other text.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • The chief bard of the head chorus began by singing the first stanza, in a low, doleful tone, which was softly accompanied by the harp: at the conclusion, the foot semichorus began the lamentation, or Ullaloo, from the final note of the preceding stanza, in which they were answered by the head semichorus; then both united in one general chorus.

    Castle Rackrent

  • A full account of the Irish Gol, or Ullaloo, and of the Caoinan or Irish funeral song, with its first semichorus, second semichorus, full chorus of sighs and groans, together with the

    Castle Rackrent

  • The chorus of the first stanza being ended, the chief bard of the foot semichorus began the second Gol or lamentation, in which he was answered by that of the head; and then, as before, both united in the general full chorus.

    Castle Rackrent

  • They answered in strophe and antistrophe, sometimes together in full chorus, and again in semichorus, and with variations, that it was impossible.

    The Path to Rome

  • But whatever might be his motive for the hostility, the single argument by which he supported it was this, -- that a hero ought not to sing upon the stage, because no hero known to history ever summoned a garrison in a song, or changed a battery in a semichorus.

    Note Book of an English Opium-Eater

  • A full account of the Irish Gol, or Ullaloo, and of the Caoinan or Irish funeral song, with its first semichorus, second semichorus, full chorus of sighs and groans, together with the Irish words and music, may be found in the fourth volume of the TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL IRISH

    Castle Rackrent

  • A full account of the Irish Gol, or Ullaloo, and of the Caoinan or Irish funeral song, with its first semichorus, second semichorus, full chorus of sighs and groans, together with the Irish words and music, may be found in the fourth volume of the transactions of the Royal Irish

    Tales and Novels — Volume 04

  • The chief bard of the head chorus began by singing the first stanza in a low, doleful tone, which was softly accompanied by the harp: at the conclusion, the foot semichorus began the lamentation, or Ullaloo, from the final note of the preceding stanza, in which they were answered by the head semichorus; then both united in one general chorus.

    Castle Rackrent: An Hibernian Tale

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