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Pastoral

Geoffrey Chew and Owen Jander

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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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.

Keywords: General; Antiquity; Secular vocal forms; Christmas and instrumental pastorals in Italy; 17th- and 18th-century Christmas and instrumental pastorals outside Italy; 19th and 20th centuries

Reference Entry.  7023 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music

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