Often had he lingered upon the idea in chorale and cantata; but now he felt himself to have passed beyond the gulf.
The chorale was the exact opposite of the motette of the Netherlands.
First they sang a chorale; and, this duty ended, soon turned to a medley of secular songs.
It is not a play, it is a chorale of woe, malediction, and want.
At the close of it he raised his hands and the chorus burst into the chorale from the last scene of "Die Meistersinger."
The chorale was introduced by Luther; it was perfected by Bach.
He set the chorale When we are in the greatest need in four parts, dictating them to Altnikol, his son-in-law.
Then all the congregation sang the chorale, and the choir kept silence.
The overture leads into the first piece of song, the chorale that forms a vital part of the musical texture as the opera proceeds.
Later the chorale is sounded by the full band, with intermediate beats of rhythmic march.
1828, "sacred choral song," from German Choral "metrical hymn in Reformed church," shortened from Choralgesang "choral song," translating Medieval Latin cantus choralis, from Latin cantus (see chant (v.)) + choralis (see choral). The -e was added to indicate stress. Meaning "group of singers" is 1942.