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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Instead, Bell shaped fast-flying figurations to bring forth the melodic shapes underlying the fireworks, Alsop providing a supple orchestral cushion. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 Known for her ambitious compositions and dazzling orchestral work, Ms. Schneider, a Minnesota native, is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a perennial presence atop the DownBeat critics poll. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "National Endowment for the Arts Names New Class of Jazz Masters," 11 July 2018 The Genesis keyboardist has just released his third classical album, 5, featuring (as the title suggests) five orchestral works recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Prague and London. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Genesis Founder Tony Banks on His Latest Classical Album & the Odds of a 50th Anniversary Reunion," 23 Feb. 2018 In April, Gustavo Dudamel will premiere a new Salonen orchestral work, as yet untitled, and, if Salonen follows form, far from finished. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Esa-Pekka Salonen's Cello Concerto soars on Cloud Nine," 9 Feb. 2018 Set to an orchestral background, the video shows master gilder Karen Haslewood peeling off gold leaves and brushing them onto the back cover of the hair dryers, which have been painted with a red gesso. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Dyson out-Dysons itself with $500 gold hair dryer," 29 Aug. 2018 The report found that starting salaries for orchestral musicians nationwide ranged from $28,000 to $143,000. Brian J. White, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how much the BSO’s highest-paid musicians (all men) made in 2015-16," 6 July 2018 And the orchestral score, with particular emphasis on floaty woodwinds, choral arrangements, and thundering drums, preserves the fantasy-battling tone of a good Dota 2 session while also dialing back on drama or bombast. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Valve walks us through Artifact’s new demo, leaves us wanting more," 31 Aug. 2018 Here they were accompanied only by Cameron Grant on piano rather than by the orchestral arrangements Ashton used. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Troupe From Florida and a Piscine World Premiere," 15 Aug. 2018

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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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