orchestral

adjective
or·​ches·​tral | \ ȯr-ˈke-strəl How to pronounce orchestral (audio) \

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 How to pronounce orchestrally (audio) \ adverb

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It is structured like any TV episode around a set of concurrent subplots, delivered in a series of little bitesized scenes, played in and out with strident little orchestral stings on the soundtrack. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Downton Abbey movie reviews point to decadent fan service," 10 Sep. 2019 Hail to the Heroes Pacific Symphony is joined by country music’s Lee Greenwood for a salute to veterans and first responders featuring patriotic and orchestral favorites. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A. this week: ‘La Bohème’ at LA Opera and more," 8 Sep. 2019 Rountree went on to earn a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan. Catherine Womack, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Christopher Rountree’s pursuit of music magic inspired by Descanso Gardens," 6 Sep. 2019 Lower Dens' fourth LP The Competition melds unsparing assessments of capitalism and its dog-eat-dog struggle for status and stuff, reflections on relationships gone wrong, radical empathy and lush, sparkling, orchestral synth-pop. John Norris, Billboard, "Why Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Is Both 'Terrified' and 'More Comfortable' Since Transitioning," 5 Sep. 2019 Leroy Anderson, Calm Seas & Prosperous Journeys: Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was a master composer of popular orchestral miniatures. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 Claire’s ambition is to become an orchestral conductor and she was recently admitted to the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Aug. 22," 22 Aug. 2019 The three movements are, of course, full of orchestral color and blazing dynamics, but much of Rachmaninoff's score is contemplative, suffused with nostalgia and a certain sadness that is the composer's trademark. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra wraps classical season in challenging, satisfying manner," 20 Aug. 2019 Founded in 1976, the Colorado Music Festival features 96 musicians from around the country playing orchestral and chamber music. John Meyer, The Know, "You might stumble across a mini concert while going for a hike this summer," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of orchestral

circa 1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of orchestral was circa 1779

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