or·​ches·​tra·​tion | \ ˌȯr-kə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce orchestration (audio) \

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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Other Words from orchestration

orchestrational \ ˌȯr-​kə-​ˈstrā-​shnəl How to pronounce orchestration (audio) , -​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
Recent Examples on the Web Careful orchestration, strategic camera angles and some deft artistic touches created the necessary sense of spectacle and occasion. Washington Post, "As Trump slips out of town, Biden repurposes old symbols for new life," 20 Jan. 2021 The orchestration is a masterpiece of coloristic and textural variety. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andrew Grams make magic of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’," 28 Nov. 2020 For Carnival, the band changes its orchestration to be more like a marching band, adding horns and percussion, and Abigail Cosio sheds her guitar for a megaphone. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Bon Bon Vivant to record and release albums at upcoming shows at Broadside outdoor venue," 23 Nov. 2020 Details of orchestration that are muted in other recordings glisten throughout this one. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "A revelatory new recording of Gershwin’s landmark Concerto in F," 18 Nov. 2020 It’s not such a crazy idea, in that Mahler’s original orchestration aims less at sonic mass (except on occasion) than at color and transparency. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A surprising Dallas Symphony program: a chamber-ensemble arrangement of Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’," 10 Oct. 2020 Titans coach Mike Vrabel said even his initial talks with NFL officials about the response to the outbreak consisted only of protocol and orchestration. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tennessee Titans' COVID-19 outbreak is reality check for NFL," 1 Oct. 2020 There, Cara Giaimo explained that the 1920s were the backdrop to some major courtroom drama, like the Scopes Monkey Trial—something that occurred after nearly as much orchestration as an animatronic skeleton interrogator. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Insane Patent of the Week: This Animatronic Skeleton Interrogator from 1930," 1 Oct. 2020 The challenges are built into the Ginastera, pitting the harp against an orchestration including trumpets, horns, timpani and tom-toms. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A most enjoyable Dallas Symphony concert," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of orchestration

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Orchestration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchestration. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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