Definition of orchestrate in English:



  • 1Arrange or score (music) for orchestral performance.

    ‘the song cycle was stunningly arranged and orchestrated’
    • ‘Three of the works have been orchestrated by Panula himself to good effect.’
    • ‘He originally scored it for electronic sound and Andy Meyers orchestrated it two months ago.’
    • ‘I spent more time orchestrating my next score than looking for work.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the singing and the rest of the score are beautifully performed and orchestrated.’
    • ‘I believe Bloch also orchestrated it, and it shows up once in a blue moon on concert programs.’
    • ‘Two years later, ten weeks before his death, Mozart told his wife he was orchestrating the rondo finale for his friend Anton’
    • ‘Gloria is not only a multi-instrumentalist (she plays violin and piano) but she also arranges and orchestrates all the music of Rua.’
    • ‘Barber's skill in assembling and orchestrating this 17-minute work is beyond question.’
    • ‘It is a way of gauging the sophistication with which Newman evoked specific times and places when he orchestrated and arranged the finished tracks.’
    • ‘Now the question is whether Scheid can orchestrate a winning score for Janus.’
    • ‘And, if Webern could orchestrate Bach, then why not let Poppen orchestrate Webern?’
    • ‘RUA are Liz Madden and Gloria Mulhall who compose, arrange, orchestrate, produce and perform all their own music.’
    • ‘Later, he orchestrated the piece which is the one we hear in this recording.’
    • ‘What it does have is a collection of pop songs that are decently orchestrated and fleshed out with dense instrumentation.’
    • ‘In my continuing education I learned that Mendelssohn orchestrated the scherzo of his octet.’
    • ‘It's well co-ordinated and the instrumentation is brilliantly orchestrated.’
    • ‘It was set to five piano pieces orchestrated by Glazunov and unlike the final version was Polish rather than Romantic in character.’
    • ‘Among its new product features is Arrange, a function enabling the use of artificial intelligence to arrange and orchestrate music automatically.’
    • ‘At least, listening to his account, a composer would probably know how to go about orchestrating the work.’
    • ‘And yet even here Gould does not merely orchestrate hymns.’
    arrange, adapt, score
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  • 2Plan or coordinate the elements of (a situation) to produce a desired effect, especially surreptitiously.

    ‘the situation has been orchestrated by a tiny minority’
    • ‘George's desires are subsequently orchestrated with terrifying precision.’
    • ‘Almost every call was less about chatting than about arranging and orchestrating the logistics of family and home life.’
    • ‘Marian Maloney Higgins, head of the hairdressing college is orchestrating the hair style element of the show.’
    • ‘Phoenix needs its maestro to orchestrate its attack, especially with Cassell on the other side.’
    • ‘And they have a slightly alternative soundtrack to which they orchestrate their moves.’
    • ‘To boost revenue, Pyott is orchestrating a major shift in the company's product mix.’
    • ‘Rozema skillfully orchestrates all of these elements together, and the result is a richly textured, entertaining and impressive debut.’
    • ‘Busby was originally accused of orchestrating a hoax letter-bomb campaign against English people living in Scotland in the mid-1990s.’
    • ‘Irwin is credited with orchestrating the successful campaign last year that returned Marolt to office after a four-year hiatus.’
    • ‘The combatants so far proved incapable of ending the civil war, working toward rebuilding the civic and state institutions and orchestrating a comprehensive plan for rehabilitation.’
    • ‘Remember that the Divine has a keen sense of rhythm in helping to orchestrate your life.’
    • ‘It's a bit disturbing that I was laughing hysterically at a leader who's orchestrating the death of thousands, including our own people.’
    • ‘Nick's maid, Betty Pearce, was the one who had helped him orchestrate his plans in the first place, and she was now to be Nora's personal attendant.’
    • ‘The organisation had been poised to benefit from a massive campaign orchestrated by the Daily Record.’
    • ‘There are a number of firms in Washington whose business it is to orchestrate phony letter writing campaigns on behalf of pricey clients.’
    • ‘He also orchestrates the hourlong setup, plus the sound check and break down.’
    • ‘Edmunds has orchestrated several campaigns for Mr Baildon but this one has a new flavour.’
    • ‘Both leaders played a major part in orchestrating the EU's pledge at the Lisbon summit in March to copy US-style labour market flexibility.’
    • ‘The chairman of a credit union that fired its two managers for misconduct has been accused of orchestrating a campaign to blacken their names.’
    • ‘The Federal Government denies it's been orchestrating a smear campaign.’
    organize, arrange, put together, plan, set up, bring about, manage, mobilize, mount, stage, stage-manage, mastermind, choreograph, coordinate, direct, engineer
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Late 19th century: from orchestra, perhaps suggested by French orchestrer.