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 orchestral (audio) \ adverb

Examples of orchestral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new album due Friday sets Cuomo’s inner thoughts against lush but faintly haunting orchestral arrangements. Los Angeles Times, "It’s not ‘Pinkerton.’ But Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo gets pretty emo on ‘OK Human’," 26 Jan. 2021 His extravagant orchestral arrangements and overpowering layers of sound shaped the pop and rock of the 1960s. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Phil Spector, Pop-Music Revolutionary Convicted of Murder, Dies at 81," 17 Jan. 2021 Beginning in September, small jobs began to trickle in: a recording session, an orchestral video shoot. New York Times, "‘Moulin Rouge!’ Was Their Ticket. Then 2020 Happened.," 21 Jan. 2021 Repeat performances of the orchestral program have been canceled. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Exhilarating Mozart concert by Dallas Symphony, Nicholas McGegan and Hélène Grimaud is followed by COVID cancellations," 15 Jan. 2021 According to the League of American Orchestras, the representation of female orchestral musicians increased from 38.2% in 1978 to 47.4% by 2014. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s roster of 75 includes just one Black musician. Critics say BSO must do better.," 17 Dec. 2020 Elder brother Barry and the younger twins, Maurice and Robin — who began singing professionally in 1958 Australia — had crafted many brilliant lush ballads based in three-part harmonies and filled out with rich orchestral sounds by the late Sixties. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Broken-Hearted Bee Gees," 13 Dec. 2020 In past seasons, concerts with works by composers of color tended to be noteworthy merely for existing; but this fall, orchestral programming has made a sudden, drastic leap forward in racial representation. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Orchestras Are Rushing to Add Black Composers. Will It Last?," 2 Oct. 2020 The nation’s top orchestral players arrived from New York, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles. Nancy Laturno Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Looking back at 2020 in the arts: Nancy Laturno: ‘We can do the impossible’," 27 Dec. 2020

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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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“Orchestral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchestral. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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