chorale prelude


noun Music.

a composition usually for organ that is based on a chorale or other hymn tune and is typically contrapuntal in style.

Nearby words

  1. choragic,
  2. choragus,
  3. choral,
  4. choral speaking,
  5. chorale,
  6. chorally,
  7. chord,
  8. chord chart,
  9. chord of the sixth,
  10. chord organ

Origin of chorale prelude

First recorded in 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for chorale prelude

chorale prelude

noun

a composition for organ using a chorale as a cantus firmus or as the basis for variations
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