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pastorale

[pas-tuh-rahl, -ral, -rah-lee, pah-stuh-; Italian pahs-taw-rah-le] /ˌpæs təˈrɑl, -ˈræl, -ˈrɑ li, ˌpɑ stə-; Italian ˌpɑs tɔˈrɑ lɛ/
noun, plural pastorales, pastorali
[pas-tuh-rah-lee, -ral-ee; Italian pahs-taw-rah-lee] /ˌpæs təˈrɑ li, -ˈræl i; Italian ˌpɑs tɔˈrɑ li/ (Show IPA).
Music.
1.
an opera, cantata, or the like, with a pastoral subject.
2.
a piece of music suggestive of pastoral life.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, noun use of pastorale pastoral
Can be confused
pastoral, pastorale.
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British Dictionary definitions for pastorale

pastorale

/ˌpæstəˈrɑːl/
noun (music) (pl) -rales
1.
a composition evocative of rural life, characterized by moderate compound duple or quadruple time and sometimes a droning accompaniment
2.
a musical play based on a rustic story, popular during the 16th century
Word Origin
C18: Italian, from Latin: pastoral
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