pastorale

pastorale

[pas-tuh-rahl, -ral, -rah-lee, pah-stuh-; Italian pahs-taw-rah-le]
noun, plural pastorales, pastorali [pas-tuh-rah-lee, -ral-ee; Italian pahs-taw-rah-lee] . Music.
1.
an opera, cantata, or the like, with a pastoral subject.
2.
a piece of music suggestive of pastoral life.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian, noun use of pastorale pastoral

pastoral, pastorale.
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pastorale (ˌpæstəˈrɑːl)
 
n , 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
 
[C18: Italian, from Latin: pastoral]

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