or·​ches·​tra·​tion | \ ˌȯr-kə-ˈstrā-shən \

Definition of orchestration

1 : the arrangement of a musical composition for performance by an orchestra also : orchestral treatment of a musical composition
2 : harmonious organization develop a world community through orchestration of cultural diversities— L. K. Frank

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orchestrational \ ˌȯr-​kə-​ˈstrā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of orchestration in a Sentence

the trade respresentatives are working towards an orchestration of the two countries' often competing economic interests

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The project brims with lush orchestrations and an earthiness characteristic of K.R.I.T’s Southern musical roots. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Big K.R.I.T. rediscovers what made him love music in the first place," 26 Apr. 2018 Jóhannsson was one of the most innovative contemporary composers working today, often melding electronic instrumentation with classical orchestration. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Jóhann Jóhannsson, Oscar-Nominated Composer, Dies at 48," 10 Feb. 2018 This fall's orchestration pairs the grit of chains and grace of music. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Melodic Accessories: DLC Brooklyn," 12 Aug. 2010 Cohen is under federal criminal investigation for his orchestration of the payment, among other things. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Stormy Daniels sues Trump for defamation over 'con job' remark on Twitter," 30 Apr. 2018 For all the richness of Mr. Brown’s new orchestrations, and the vitality of a five-person dance ensemble choreographed by Rennie Harris, this staging smartly errs on the side of less is more. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Joyously Rediscovering ‘Songs for a New World’," 28 June 2018 There was orchestration and acoustic guitar and ballads. Richard Bienstock, Billboard, "Ghost's Cardinal Copia On How the Plague and Bands Like Jefferson Starship Inspired New Album," 15 June 2018 Lorne Balfe's sharp re-orchestrations of Lalo Schifrin's original themes nicely further the cause throughout. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': Film Review," 12 July 2018 Its warmly lyrical solos for trombone (Russo’s instrument), exquisitely translucent orchestration and unmistakable self-assurance foreshadow artistic successes yet to come. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering the genius of William Russo," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of orchestration

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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