chorale
(kor-RAL)


[Eng.]


A hymn of the Lutheran church, usually written for four voice harmony. Many chorales were written by J. S. Bach, which serve as a basis for the rules of partwriting. The melody is usually in the top voice, with supporting harmony in the lower voices.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLE:

Bach: Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, BWV 140, Chorale
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 58

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