Dashboard icon
Add or Edit My Works icon
My Works
Edit Member Profile icon
Member Orders Page icon
Member Shipping Settings Page icon
Member Profile Page Statistics icon
Edit Member Settings icon
Member Inbox icon
Logout icon
Member Login Sign Up icon
Country Flag
per page
Artopium.com -> Library Index -> Music Terms -> Orchestration

Music Term: Orchestration

Library Menu icon
Library Home
Promotion Tools
Member Help
Member FAQ
Roving Festival FAQ
Site Map
Link to Artopium
About Us
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9


Definition and background:

The art of arranging a composition for performance by an instrumental ensemble. Some compositions are originally intended for instrumental ensembles where the composer makes all decisions pertaining to instrument assignments within the score (which instruments play what notes and when they play them). This is often referred to as scoring the composition. Some compositions such as Modest Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition were originally written for a specific instrument (in this case piano) and are later set for a different combination of instruments (in this case Maurice Ravel's orchestration for symphony orchestra). The purpose of orchestration is often to provide a more vivid set of tone colors for a composition or to give a different ensemble of instruments access to the composition. An example would be for a "pops" orchestra to play popular music (originally composed for a Rock n' Roll band) in a concert.

Select from a letter above to find a music term in the Artopium index, or enter a music term below to search the entire index using Google Search.

This is a collection of over 7,000 music terms and definitions used for music theory, composition, instruments and more; a dictionary compiled by Artopium.com as a resource for all musicians everywhere, but especially for Artopium.com member artists. Artopium is a consignment website dedicated to promoting and selling the works of independent artists, musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers and authors from around the world. After looking up your music term and definition, if you have't already, please peruse the thousands of titles listed on Artopium by selecting from one of the categories above (Art, Music, Fashion, Video and Books). Or if you're an artist, sign up today for free and start selling your work immediately!

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

Artopium © 2002 - 2016