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Definition of Orchestra

Orchestra

  1. The space in a theater between the stage and the audience; -- originally appropriated by the Greeks to the chorus and its evolutions, afterward by the Romans to persons of distinction, and by the moderns to a band of instrumental musicians.
  2. The place in any public hall appropriated to a band of instrumental musicians.
  3. Loosely: A band of instrumental musicians performing in a theater, concert hall, or other place of public amusement.
  4. Strictly: A band suitable for the performance of symphonies, overtures, etc., as well as for the accompaniment of operas, oratorios, cantatas, masses, and the like, or of vocal and instrumental solos.
  5. A band composed, for the largest part, of players of the various viol instruments, many of each kind, together with a proper complement of wind instruments of wood and brass; -- as distinguished from a military or street band of players on wind instruments, and from an assemblage of solo players for the rendering of concerted pieces, such as septets, octets, and the like.
  6. The instruments employed by a full band, collectively; as, an orchestra of forty stringed instruments, with proper complement of wind instruments.

Orchestra Quotations

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Max Lucado

I sometimes feel a bit embarrassed to play guitar. There's something - I don't want to sound ungrateful - but there's something very old-fashioned and traditional about it. You meet kids today whose grandparents were in punk bands. It's very old and traditional, but then, so is an orchestra and so is a string section.
Jonny Greenwood

My definition of hip hop is taking elements from many other spheres of music to make hip hop. Whether it be breakbeat, whether it be the groove and grunt of James Brown or the pickle-pop sounds of Kraftwerk or Yellow Magic Orchestra, hip hop is also part of what they call hip-house now, or trip hop, or even parts of drum n' bass.
Afrika Bambaataa

How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?
Desmond Tutu

If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?
Robert Fripp
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Orchestra Translations

orchestra in Afrikaans is orkes
orchestra in Dutch is band, muziekkorps, orkest
orchestra in French is orchestre
orchestra in German is Orchester
orchestra in Italian is orchestra
orchestra in Swedish is orkester, orkester, kapell
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