or·ches·tral | \ȯr-ˈke-strəl \

Definition of orchestral 

1 : of, relating to, or composed for an orchestra

2 : suggestive of an orchestra or its musical qualities

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orchestrally \ȯr-ˈke-strə-lē \ adverb

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In time, the students wove their material into something that resembles the theatrical equivalent of an orchestral tone poem. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "CCM students set sail for Scotland to perform water-themed show with 'no plot whatsoever'," 5 July 2018 Kornhaber: Your argument is a bit counterintuitive because people generally describe Late Registration and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as orchestral and classically influenced. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Classical Music Can Learn From Kanye West," 2 July 2018 The chorale and orchestral work integrates World War I poems written by English soldier Wilfred Owen with texts from the traditional Latin Requiem, or Mass for the Dead. Lynn Trenning, charlotteobserver, "Sensoria is CPCC’s 10-day festival of literature and the arts in Charlotte. Don’t miss it. | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 No matter how much my more musically savvy friends tried to point out its greatness, Brahms’ famous choral work has always struck me as a torpid affair with orchestral textures as thick as molasses. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "These CDs will carry classical music lovers through the summer," 25 June 2018 The Boston Symphony won a 2016 Grammy for orchestral performance for its sumptuous recording of the symphony under Andris Nelsons. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Salonen's 'Pollux' supplies some grunge for L.A. Phil tour," 16 Apr. 2018 In addition to celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his label, mau5trap, with a compilation, the masked producer announced forthcoming album, where's the drop?, featuring orchestral performances with composer Gregory Revert. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance Power Players 2018: The Managers, Live Leaders & Tastemakers Shaping the Genre," 23 Mar. 2018 Sound: Calm and serene with a little low-key chatter, backed by the occasional orchestral arrangement of a video game theme song. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 His sound has always been lush and orchestral, and his roots reflect a communal feeling with time spent in punk bands and other outfits. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Moby Shares 'The Sorrow Tree' Video From New Live-Version Album: Listen," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of orchestral

circa 1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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