Pastorale meaning

păstə-räl, -răl, -rälē, pästə-
An instrumental or vocal composition with a tender melody in a moderately slow rhythm, suggestive of traditional shepherds' music and idyllic rural life.
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A dramatic performance or opera, popular in the 1500s and 1600s, that was based on a rural theme or subject.
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A composition in simple and idyllic style suggesting rural scenes.
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A forerunner of opera consisting of a dramatic performance on an idyllic subject with incidental music.
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A play or a musical product which has a pastoral subject.
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Art that is suggestive of pastoral themes.
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Origin of pastorale

  • Italian of herdsmen, pastorale from Latin pāstōrālis pastoral

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition