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  • 1A musical composition (or part of one) consisting of or resembling a harmonized version of a simple, stately hymn tune.

    ‘It's not a huge piece, more a quiet reflection starting from the chorale and developing a certain drama midway through, with a moment of inspired clarity at the end, as high chords soothe away the preceding tensions.’
    • ‘Although a fugue, it moves very much like a chorale.’
    • ‘Depending on the student's learning style, a teacher might ask a student to play the chord while naming the next chord in the chorale.’
    • ‘Rhythmic values are quarter, eighth and half notes, and only the major finger pattern is used in the first chorale.’
    • ‘In his Clavierübung it was Krebs's way to treat the chorales in three sections: first a ‘praeambulum’ hinting at the mood of the tune and its contour; second a chorale prelude; and third the chorale itself.’
    • ‘I do have to caution that the booklet notes and texts for the chorales are in French and German only.’
    • ‘The third movement, an elegy to the murdered child, is sad, but cool, working through the conventions of the musical elegy - the slow march, low, dark timbres, chorales, and so on.’
    • ‘The solemn opening Persichetti calls a ‘chorale,’ but it's definitely a chorale filtered through Stravinsky.’
    • ‘The splendid music on this CD's a fine vindication of Bach's teaching, with its emphasis on thorough bass and chorales.’
    • ‘The slow playing of the melody, which is a pop song that nobody will recognise, is done by the winds and strings; they also play in slow fourpart harmony, like a chorale.’
    • ‘Most of the firmly harmonized chorales were impressive (though some were thin or too slow), as were those with colourful instrumental interludes.’
    • ‘When already thirty, he decided on a return to basics, busying himself with contrapuntal puzzles, fugues and harmonization of chorales.’
    • ‘Time seems to stand still in the chorales, which are sung by the Harvard and Radcliffe groups with an honesty that precludes boredom and concerns about stylistic refinement.’
    • ‘He states that high school music theory students should be given myriad opportunities to compose melodies, chorales and ensemble warm-ups to develop basic compositional skills.’
    • ‘No pianist has ever taken the Busoni transcription of a Bach chorale so slowly, revealing the giant edifice behind it, nor has anyone, the composer included, filled Rachmaninov's G# minor prelude with such foreboding.’
    • ‘Amateur singers were packing the boxes on either side of the proscenium - to jolly the audience along in three of the chorales - their voices providing a stark and, for me, a more pleasing contrast to the professionals.’
    • ‘Shaw (and every other conductor so far) has problems with shaping the final chorale, rushing both the climax and the closing diminuendo.’
    • ‘Through a chromatic mist of string ostinatos, a plainsong chorale gradually emerges in the brass climaxing in resplendent fanfares, before fading away into a haze of sound as the procession recedes.’
    • ‘One of the joys of this collection is the variety: from traditional brass chorales of traditional old carols to more contemporary seasonal favorites given a jazzy-bluesy or big-band swing treatment.’
    • ‘Essentially, all music historians are trained in tonal harmony by studying Bach chorales and classical music, but music before 1700 worked under rather different assumptions.’
  • 2US A choir or choral society.

    ‘In addition to his work at WOI Radio, Compton sings in his church choir, assists with Iowa State's Chamber Singers student chorale and serves as organizer/agent for an a cappella men's vocal group, The Music Men.’
    • ‘Not only does Long Beach boast an eclectic art scene, the city is home to world-class art museums, internationally renowned theater companies, its own symphony orchestra, opera company and master chorale.’
    • ‘Together the chorale perform a wide repertoire of classical music from Bach, Handel and Vivaldi as well as traditional spiritual and Filipino pieces, several a cappella works and well known songs of praise.’
    • ‘As the group's mission statement states, ‘the Eastern Youth Chorale is a movement of young people pursuing musical excellence,’ and their aim is to groom young singers for the adult chorale.’
    • ‘One chorister, who had previously sung in both the choir and the chorale formed a point of connection between groups, but there was little, if any, direct interaction.’



/kəˈral/ /-ˈräl/ /kəˈræl/ /kəˈrɑl/


Mid 19th century from German Choral(gesang), translating medieval Latin cantus choralis.