a composition usually for organ that is based on a chorale or other hymn tune and is typically contrapuntal in style.
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Origin of chorale prelude
First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for chorale prelude
a composition for organ using a chorale as a cantus firmus or as the basis for variations
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