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pastorale Line breaks: pas¦tor|ale
Pronunciation: /ˌpastəˈrɑːl/

Definition of pastorale in English:

noun (plural pastorales or pastorali ˌpastəˈrɑːliː)

1 Music A slow instrumental composition in compound time, usually with drone notes in the bass: the pastorales in Handel’s Messiah and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto
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  • 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: these two short pastorales are considered the earliest true operas in French
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  • 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.

Origin

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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