Pastorale - Musical Definition

Pastorale - Pastoral Style. Music in this style evokes the countryside, often by the use of a droning bass and/or simple melodies that move in thirds. Examples include the fourth movement of Corelliís Christmas Concerto, Op. 6 No. 8 and the Pastoral Symphony from Handelís Messiah.

Handel Pastoral Symphony from Messiah

The term may also be used describe a larger piece of music that evokes the countryside, as in Beethovenís Symphony No.6 Pastorale.

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