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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

Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
Mae West

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

You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

I think it's a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra - especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music.
Gustavo Dudamel
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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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