chorale prelude
noun Date: circa 1924 a composition usually for organ based on a chorale

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  • Chorale prelude — In music, a chorale prelude is a short liturgical composition for organ using a chorale tune as its basis. It was a predominant style of the German Baroque era and reached its culmination in the works of J.S. Bach, who wrote 46 (with a 47th… …   Wikipedia

  • chorale prelude — Music. a composition usually for organ that is based on a chorale or other hymn tune and is typically contrapuntal in style. [1920 25] * * * ▪ music       a short setting for organ of a German Protestant (Protestantism) chorale melody, used to… …   Universalium

  • chorale prelude — chorale′ pre′lude n. mad a contrapuntal musical composition for organ based on a chorale • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • Chorale Prelude —    An organ composition that prepared the congregation to sing a Lutheran chorale by using it as the principal thematic material. Such pieces were commonly improvised from the late 16th century onward, but composers also made and collected formal …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • chorale prelude — noun a composition for organ using a chorale as a basis for variations • Hypernyms: ↑prelude …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chorale composition — is an important class of Baroque organ composition based on chorale melodies. It became popular in the early seventeenth century and flourished in middle and northern Germany until the early eighteenth century. Description Chorale compositions… …   Wikipedia

  • Chorale Composition — is an important class of Baroque organ composition based on chorale medodies. It became popular in the early seventeenth century and flourished in middle and northern Germany until the early eighteenth century.DescriptionChoral compositions are… …   Wikipedia

  • Chorale setting — A chorale setting is any of a very wide variety of musical compositions, almost entirely of Protestant origin, which use a chorale as their basis. They are vocal, instrumental, or both. Although the bulk of them are German in origin, and… …   Wikipedia

  • Chorale — This article is about the musical composition. For a singing group (sometimes called chorale), see choir. A chorale was originally a hymn sung by a Christian congregation. In certain modern usage, this term may also include classical settings of… …   Wikipedia

  • Prelude (music) — A prelude is a short piece of music, which its form will vary from piece to piece. While, during the Baroque Age, for example, it may have served as an introduction to succeeding movements of a work that were usually longer and more complex, it… …   Wikipedia

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