An instrumental or vocal composition with a tender melody in a moderately slow rhythm, suggestive of traditional shepherds' music and idyllic rural life.
A dramatic performance or opera, popular in the 1500s and 1600s, that was based on a rural theme or subject.
A composition in simple and idyllic style suggesting rural scenes.
A forerunner of opera consisting of a dramatic performance on an idyllic subject with incidental music.
Origin of pastorale
- Italian of herdsmen, pastorale from Latin pāstōrālis pastoral
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition