A company of persons supposed to behold what passed in the acts of a tragedy, and to sing the sentiments which the events suggested in couplets or verses between the acts; also, that which was thus sung by the chorus.
the part of each dance which distinguishes it from others in the same tradition. Generally, a dance is either a set dance, in which all dancers do the chorus together, or a corner dance, in which two dancers at a time, the two sets of diagonal corners and then the pair in the middle, dance the steps. The choruses alternate with the figures, q.v
A groups of singers. The term also refers to a musical selection in which more than one individual performs each voice part. In opera and musical theater, the chorus usually represents collective groups such as soldiers, priests, peasants, nymphs, etc. as required by the plot. NEA CD: "Anvil Chorus" from Verdi's Il trovatore (The Troubador), Budapest Festival Chorus
Not all songs have choruses, but you can easily identify the ones that do because a chorus contains the most memorable music and lyrics in the song. It is repeated after each verse and usually contains the hook. A chorus can be removed from the rest of the song and still sound complete in itself both musically and lyrically. All together now: “We all live in a yellow submarine
In the context of a play, this is a group of actors who fulfil the same function, often presenting the prologue and usually commenting on the playâ€™s action in some way. This theatrical convention comes from classical Greek and Elizabethan drama.
(1) In classic Greek plays, an ensemble of characters representing the general public of the play, such as the women of Argos or the elders of Thebes. Originally, the chorus numbered fifty; Aeschylus is said to have reduced it to twelve and Sophocles to have increased it to fifteen. More recent playwrights, including Shakespeare and Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), have occasionally employed a single actor (or small group of actors) as "Chorus," to provide narration between the scenes. (2) In musicals, an ensemble of characters who sing and/or dance together (in contrast to soloists, who sing and/or dance independently).
A group of actors in Greek drama who comment on the action of the play. The role of the chorus came directly from drama as religious ritual and dates from a time when there were no individual actors. What the chorus says about the action reflects the traditional values of ancient Greek culture. Chorus members chanted their lines together and moved as a unit from side to side on the stage.
Strictly speaking, the portion of a song lyric or melody that is repeated, often with other voices joining in. In jazz improvisation, however, "playing a chorus" would mean taking a turn improvising over the tune's chords progression.
Fairly large group of singers who perform together, usually with several on each part. Also a choral movement of a large-scale work. In jazz, a single statement of the melodic-harmonic pattern. Example: Beethoven, Symphony No.9, fourth movement "Ode to Joy" Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album In this example, the four-part chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) is heard with orchestra.
Choruses can be restricted to either men's or women's voices. In early times, church music, including Gregorian chant, was traditionally sung by a men's chorus, as heard here. Example: Gregorian chant, "Kyrie eleison" Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album
Among the ancient Greeks the chorus was a group of people, wearing masks, who sang or chanted verse while performing dancelike maneuvers at religious festivals. Choruses also served as commentators on the characters and events who expressed traditional moral, religious and social attitudes. During the Elizabethan Age the term “chorus” was applied to a single person who spoke the prologue and epilogue to a play and sometimes introduced each at as well. For example, Shakespeare's Henry V employs a chorus.
in classical Greek plays, a group of actors who commented on and described the action of a play. Members of the chorus were often masked and relied on song, dance, and recitation to make their commentary.
A group of singers usually divided into sections based on vocal range. The chorus was originally an ancient Greek practice of underscoring portions of the drama through music. The chorus is often used for crowd scenes and to play minor characters.
a group of singers with more than one individual singing each part. The choruses in opera usually represent collective groups such as soldiers, priests, peasants, nymphs of the woods and so forth, whatever is required by the story of an opera. The term also refers to the music sung by a chorus.
(kor´-us). A group of secular singers. Collegium musicum(ko-leg-eeoom moo-ze-koom). A university performing group that studies and plays music composed before the Classical period upon appropriate instruments and in the appropriate style. Consort(kahn-sort). A term used in the Renaissance period for a small instrumental ensemble. A consort is said to be "whole" (for example, a chest of viols or a nest of recorders) or "broken" (an ensemble with contrasting instruments).
in ancient Greek drama) is a group of actors who commented on and interpreted the unfolding action on the stage. Initially the chorus was a major component of the presentation, but over time it became less significant, with its numbers reduced and its role eventually limited to commentary between Act s. By the sixteenth century the chorus — if employed at all — was typically a single person who provided a prologue and an epilogue and occasionally appeared between acts to introduce or underscore an important event. Example: The chorus in Antigone.
Main body of a choir; Refrain of song, (3) Jargon for sequence of chords in an instrumental piece, as in, "Take two choruses"; (4) Electronic device which creates the effects of more than one sound from a single source by combining a short delay usually between 5 and 30 milliseconds, with slight deviations in pitch.
Fairly large group of singers who perform together, usually with several on each part. Also a choral movement of a large-scale work. In jazz, a single statement of the melodic-harmonic pattern. In this example, the four-part chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) is heard with orchestra. Example: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, fourth movement, "Ode to Joy" Real Audio: 28K | 56K | About this album
"Chorus" is a song by Erasure which is the first single and title track to the duo's fifth studio album Chorus. It was released in 1991 by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the U.S. Produced by Martyn Phillips (of The Chills) and written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, "Chorus" is an uptempo synth pop song featuring Clarke's signature electronic soundscapes and Phillips's pristine, computerized production.
another delay based effect in the region of 15 and 35 milliseconds. It simulates what happens when two guitars play the same part. Another type of doubling. But as with real-life double-tracking, there are always discriminations in the pitch and timing between parts - a chorus recreates this effect electronically. Most chorus effect units have controls to vary both the rate (modulation) and depth of the outputted signal.
A special effect in which a single sound source is made to sound like several, through the use of time delay and detuning. Delaying the input by a slowly varying time between 15 and35 milliseconds and mixing the dry input signal back in, a wavy, multiple-voice effect is achieved. It's also possible to feed a portion of the signal back into the input.
an especially good organization for this kind of art life, because the enterprise itself requires that people get together in person and because a fairly wide range of voice excellence can be accomodated