pas·​to·​rale | \ ˌpa-stə-ˈräl How to pronounce pastorale (audio) , -ˈral also -ˈrä-lē How to pronounce pastorale (audio) \

Definition of pastorale

1a : an instrumental or vocal composition having a pastoral theme
b : an opera of the 16th or 17th centuries having a pastoral plot

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Including 55 serious operas, 6 cantatas, 53 comic operas, 17 operettas, 6 sing-spiele, 4 ballets, 4 vaudevilles, 2 oratorios, one each of fares, pastorales, masques, ballads and buffas. William Robin, New York Times, "Amy Beach, a Pioneering American Composer, Turns 150," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pastorale

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for pastorale

Italian, from pastorale of herdsmen, from Latin pastoralis

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