Pastoral [pastorale] (Fr It. pastorale; Ger. Hirtenstück, Hirtenspiel, Schäferspiel etc.)
- Geoffrey Chew
- and Owen Jander
A literary, dramatic or musical genre that depicts the characters and scenes of rural life or is expressive of its atmosphere. The term has been used in musical titles as both an adjective (Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony) and a noun (Franck’s Pastorale) and may be used both ways in referring to the type in general....