pastorale definition

  • noun:
    • An instrumental or singing structure with a tender melody in a moderately sluggish rhythm, suggestive of traditional shepherds' songs and idyllic outlying life.
    • A dramatic overall performance or opera, preferred in 16th and seventeenth centuries, which was centered on a rural theme or topic.
    • a play or a musical item which has a pastoral subject
    • art that's suggestive of pastoral themes
    • A composition in a soft, outlying design, generally speaking in 6-8 or 12-8 time.
    • a type of party; a type of figure used in a dance.
    • In songs: many different opera or cantata which idyllic or rustic views predominate, the dramatic interest usually becoming minor. The name may also be extended to an instrumental work of comparable character.
    • A vocal or instrumental piece in triple rhythm, frequently with a drone-bass, by which a studied ease of use or a genuine replica of austere sounds recommends pastoral life as well as its feelings.
    • just like pastourelle.
    • a musical structure that evokes outlying life

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