or·​ches·​tra·​tion ˌȯr-kə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce orchestration (audio)
: the arrangement of a musical composition for performance by an orchestra
also : orchestral treatment of a musical composition
: harmonious organization
develop a world community through orchestration of cultural diversitiesL. K. Frank
orchestrational adjective

Examples of orchestration in a Sentence

the trade representatives are working towards an orchestration of the two countries' often competing economic interests
Recent Examples on the Web To be able to see these and other images in person, with their majestic orchestration of light and either color or black and white, is quite the gift. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 But even as Levi’s orchestrations recede, an equally detail-rich music intrudes: bits of birdsong, echoing footfalls and, before long, dogs’ barks, human screams, crackling flames, whistling trains and the unmistakable sound of gunshots. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Later on, Grofé did two more orchestrations, in 1926 and 1942; the last one was for full symphonic forces and is the version most often heard today. Ethan Iverson, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Rodríguez’s score uses mariachi-style orchestrations, classical opera and hints of Mexican folk songs for a musical reflection of Frida. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Jan. 2024 Austin worked hard to capture that unique sound in his orchestrations. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Oct. 2023 Additionally, the musical’s arrangements are by Jason Howland, with orchestrations by Jason Howland and Kim Scharnberg, music direction by Daniel Edmonds. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Jan. 2024 As a result, organizations that embrace value creation and orchestration in supply chains will define markets, create new products faster, set standards and embed risk management into their top-line growth and bottom-line optimization. Koray Köse, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Music direction and orchestrations, Jacinth Greywoode. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of orchestration was in 1849

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“Orchestration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchestration. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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