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kəˈræl, -ˈrɑlchorale

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chorale, choralnoun

    a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune


  1. choralenoun

    a form of Lutheran or Protestant hymn tune

  2. choralenoun

    a chorus or choir

  3. Etymology: From Choral.


  1. chorale

    A chorale is a melody to which a hymn is sung by a congregation in a German Protestant Church service. It is typically characterized by steady rhythm, simple harmony, and is often written for a four-part choir. The chorale originated from Lutheran traditions in the 16th century, and was incorporated into larger musical works by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, the term may also refer to any choir or hymn associated with Christian worship.


  1. Chorale

    A chorale was the melody to which a hymn was sung by a Christian congregation. Strictly speaking, the typical four-part setting of a chorale, in which the sopranos sing the melody along with three lower voices, is known as a chorale harmonization. In certain modern usage, this term may include classical settings of such hymns and works of a similar character. Chorales tend to be simple and singable tunes. The words to which they are sung are generally to a rhyming scheme and are in a strophic form. Within a verse, many chorales follow the AAB pattern of melody that is known as the German bar form. Martin Luther posited that worship should be conducted in German rather than Latin. He thus saw an immediate need for a large repertory of new chorales. He composed some chorales himself, such as A Mighty Fortress. For other chorales he used Gregorian chant melodies used in Catholic worship and fitted them with a new German text. A famous example is Christ lag in Todes Banden, which is based on the tune of the Catholic Easter Sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes. As early as 1524, Johann Walter published Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, a book of chorales arranged for four or five voice parts.

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  1. achelor

  2. cholera

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chorale in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chorale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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