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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

The great myth is the manager as orchestra conductor. It's this idea of standing on a pedestal and you wave your baton and accounting comes in, and you wave it somewhere else and marketing chimes in with accounting, and they all sound very glorious. But management is more like orchestra conducting during rehearsals, when everything is going wrong.
Henry Mintzberg

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

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.
Andres Segovia

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