Definitions for orchestraˈɔr kə strə, -kɛs trə
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a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players
seating on the main floor in a theater
A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including some from strings, woodwind, brass and/or percussion; the instruments played by such a group.
A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in Ancient Greek and Hellenistic theatres.
The area in a theatre or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage, sometimes (also) used by other performers.
An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The term orchestra derives from the Greek ορχήστρα, the name for the area in front of an ancient Greek stage reserved for the Greek chorus. The orchestra grew by accretion throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but changed very little in composition during the course of the 20th century. A smaller-sized orchestra for this time period is called a chamber orchestra. A full-size orchestra may sometimes be called a "symphony orchestra" or "philharmonic orchestra"; these modifiers do not necessarily indicate any strict difference in either the instrumental constitution or role of the orchestra, but can be useful to distinguish different ensembles based in the same city. A symphony orchestra will usually have over eighty musicians on its roster, in some cases over a hundred, but the actual number of musicians employed in a particular performance may vary according to the work being played and the size of the venue. A leading chamber orchestra might employ as many as fifty musicians; some are much smaller than that. Orchestras can also be found in schools. The term concert orchestra may sometimes be used —no distinction is made on size of orchestra by use of this term, although their use is generally distinguished as for live concert. As such they are commonly chamber orchestras.
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Translations for orchestra
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- orquestraCatalan, Valencian
- orkester, orchestra, orkestergravDanish
- Orchestergraben, OrchesterGerman
- ορχήστρα, θυμέληGreek
- orkestra, orkesteri, orkesterimonttuFinnish
- nipilersortutKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- tira puoroMāori
- orkest, orkestra, orkestbakDutch
- orkesterNorwegian Nynorsk
- orkiestra, orchestraPolish
- оркестровая яма, оркестрRussian
- orkestar, оркестарSerbo-Croatian
- dàn nhạcVietnamese
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