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 pas·to·rales, pas·to·ra·li [pas-tuh-rah-lee, -ral-ee; Italian pahs-taw-rah-lee] /ˌpæs təˈrɑ li, -ˈræl i; Italian ˌpɑs tɔˈrɑ li/. Music.

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

Can be confused

pastoral pastorale
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pastorale

/ (ˌpæstəˈrɑːl) /

noun plural -rales music

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

Word Origin for pastorale

C18: Italian, from Latin: pastoral
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