an opera, cantata, or the like, with a pastoral subject.
a piece of music suggestive of pastoral life.
- pastoral, pastorale
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How to use pastorale in a sentence
Do you know Palemon, fable bocagre et pastorale, by the Sieur Frnicle?Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas | Remy de Gourmont
An Andante pastorale from an unpublished symphony met with a favourable reception.Woman's Work in Music | Arthur Elson
He called his production 'La pastorale, premire comdie franaise en musique.'Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2) | Carl Engel
It is in imitation of a national song, and is sometimes like a slow gigue, sometimes like a pastorale.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 3 (of 3) | Otto Jahn
Down the street came some forty young men and girls singing a wild Sicilian pastorale, each verse of which ended in a weird turn.The Motor Maids Across the Continent | Katherine Stokes
British Dictionary definitions for pastorale
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
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