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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Its virtuoso requirements for all six players make the piece sound positively orchestral in many passages, and the variety of colors produced by the instruments is ear-boggling. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Chamber Music Society debuts an ear-boggling piece by a ‘Dark Knight’ composer," 17 July 2018 That jazz dub covers album was inspired by a song Hynde recorded for a film with orchestral accompaniment, a drastically different experience from the more off-the-cuff rock recording approach. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde talks new projects, her take on #MeToo, before Milwaukee show," 5 July 2018 This time Fischer held back for no one, laying on so thick an orchestral accompaniment that Thibaudet had one option only — to showboat. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "With Charles Dutoit out, London's Royal Philharmonic tries a Swiss conductor — and has a blast," 26 Jan. 2018 The deep-sea contrabass clarinet and contrabassoon that Salonen love contribute a strange bottom to the orchestral sound. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Salonen's 'Pollux' supplies some grunge for L.A. Phil tour," 16 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of orchestral

circa 1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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