Pastorale - Musical Definition
- 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.
Examples of use