[pas-tuh-rahl, -ral, -rah-lee, pah-stuh-; Italian pahs-taw-rah-le]
- an opera, cantata, or the like, with a pastoral subject.
- a piece of music suggestive of pastoral life.
Origin of pastorale
1715–25; < Italian, noun use of pastorale pastoral
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Examples from the Web for pastorale
He loved the "Pastorale" almost without knowing that he loved it.
"I should like to hear the 'Pastorale' now," she said, presently.
The goatherds ought to be playing the 'Pastorale' down there!The Princess of the School
Pastorale excerptum (perhaps merely an extract from the letters).The Grey Friars in Oxford
Andrew G. Little
Consequently, to get up a Pastorale, a whole winter is not too long.Basque Legends
- a composition evocative of rural life, characterized by moderate compound duple or quadruple time and sometimes a droning accompaniment
- a musical play based on a rustic story, popular during the 16th century
C18: Italian, from Latin: pastoral
Word Origin and History for pastorale
musical composition from rustic tunes or representing pastoral scenes," 1724, from Italian pastorale, noun use of adjective, from Latin pastoralis (see pastoral).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper