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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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 While many of the era’s songs had been passed down orally through families in Bolivia, the orchestrations and choral works were thought to be lost. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music," 8 May 2018 The cast is reduced (14 performers), with orchestrations for six players. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: A life told in tall tales; 'Big Fish' at the Chance Theater," 12 July 2018 There has to be a very significant orchestration layer. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber CEO: our future won’t just be cars," 15 May 2018 No matter how thick the orchestration became, distinctions among instrumental sections and lucidity of voicing were unmistakably apparent. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 David Cullen is Webber's cohort in the show's sweeping orchestration. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: ‘Love Never Dies’ is a mighty melodrama," 26 Apr. 2018 Whatever their connection to particular texts, the prints are ultimately about passionate orchestrations of saturated, unpredictable hues, patterns, scribbles and textures. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Frank Stella Unbound’ Review: Leaving His Mark on Literature," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of orchestration

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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