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 (păs′tə-räl′, -răl′, -rä′lē, pä′stə-)
n. pl. pas·to·ra·li (-rä′lē) or pas·to·rales
1. An instrumental or vocal composition with a tender melody in a moderately slow rhythm, suggestive of traditional shepherds' music and idyllic rural life.
2. A dramatic performance or opera, popular in the 1500s and 1600s, that was based on a rural theme or subject.

[Italian, of herdsmen, pastorale, from Latin pāstōrālis; see pastoral.]


n, pl -rales
1. (Music, other) a composition evocative of rural life, characterized by moderate compound duple or quadruple time and sometimes a droning accompaniment
2. (Music, other) a musical play based on a rustic story, popular during the 16th century. Also (archaic): pastourelle
[C18: Italian, from Latin: pastoral]


(ˌpæs təˈrɑl, -ˈræl, -ˈrɑ li, -leɪ)

n., pl. -rales, -ra•li (-ˈrɑ li)
1. an opera or cantata with a pastoral subject.
2. a piece of music suggestive of pastoral life.
[1715–25; < Italian, n. use of pastorale pastoral]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastorale - a musical composition that evokes rural lifepastorale - a musical composition that evokes rural life
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"


n (Mus) → Pastorale f
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The tunes range from a Jobim song to a Schumann pastorale, with pieces by Monk and Joni Mitchell as well as jazz standards like Jer-rome Kern's The Song Is You in there as well.
After setting us firmly in French mode for the evening with a Pastorale by Canteloube and their own arrangement of Saint-Saens' The Swan, they immediately made an Italianate diversion with Glinka's Trio Pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano.
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Cet extrait du Projet apostolique renseigne sur ce qui deviendra l'une des lignes de force du deploiement de la societe au cours des decennies suivantes, la collaboration de la Societe avec l'Eglise canadienne dans le secteur de la pastorale missionnaire :
Getting away from being image-driven, Horner has produced a lilting, luxuriant pastorale, intertwining the soloists, in mainly relaxed manner, against an orchestral accompaniment reminiscent of Vaughan Williams.
A restrained pastorale followed, with some great interplay between soloist and orchestra before more musical fireworks in the finale.
HALF a century since Frederick Ashton unveiled his triumphant variation of the world's oldest ballet, it remains a perennial favourite - a pastorale painted in Disney-pure pastel which, surely, offers the ideal introduction to The Dance for novices of any age.
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Another delight was the Act 2 Pastorale in the form of a compelling puppeteering display from the Green Ginger company.
The concert's organisers promise, "pomp and pastorale, pageantry and humour, and reflection and glory in addition to peace and war".