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pastorale Syllabification: pas·to·rale
Pronunciation: /ˌpastəˈräl/

Definition of pastorale in English:

noun (plural pastorales or pastorali-ˈrälē)

1A slow instrumental composition in compound time, usually with drone notes in the bass.
Example sentences
  • The Concertante pastorale from 1951 sounds moonlit.
  • Movement III unfolds as a graceful pastorale in 6/8 time, presenting the melody twice in its entirety, adding gravity through use of an ostinato-like pedal line.
  • It actually contains a prelude and three dances a well as the pastorale movement - a popular idiom of the period.
2A simple musical play with a rural subject.
Example sentences
  • Silverman confirms that during this time of year, Arles was awash in santons, crèches, and performances of pastorales, Nativity plays.
  • Traditional Basque plays known as pastorales, which possibly related to medieval mystery plays, are still performed at festivals.
  • It's an oxymoron but ‘Unconditional’ is an urban pastorale.


Early 18th century: from Italian, literally 'pastoral' (adjective used as a noun).

Words that rhyme with pastorale

Amal, Arles, banal, Barisal, Basle, Bhopal, Carl, chorale, corral, dhal, entente cordiale, Escorial, farl, femme fatale, Funchal, gayal, gnarl, halal, Karl, kraal, locale, marl, morale, musicale, Pascal, procès-verbal, Provençal, rationale, real, rial, riyal, snarl, Taal, Taj Mahal, timbale, toile, Vaal, Vidal, Waal
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