[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.
an opera, cantata, or the like, with a pastoral subject.
a piece of music suggestive of pastoral life.
noun (music) (pl) -rales
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

musical composition from rustic tunes or representing pastoral scenes,” 1724, from Italian pastorale, noun use of adjective, from Latin pastoralis (see pastoral).


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