Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large mechanical instrument resembling a barrel organ that produces sound in imitation of an orchestra.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a mechanical multiple musical instrument which allows one player to play all the parts of an orchestrated piece of music.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large music box imitating a variety of orchestral instruments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mechanical musical instrument, essentially similar to a barrel-organ, but having many different stops, etc., which allow the imitation of a large variety of orchestral instruments and the production of quite complicated musical works. Many different names have been applied to different varieties of the instrument.

Etymologies

orchestr(a) + (melod)eon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Orchestrion brings a musical idea from the late 19th and early 20th centuries -- a large mechanical multi-instrument device that utilizes actual orchestral instruments of various types, called an "orchestrion" -- to the technologies of today.

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  • Orchestrion brings a musical idea from the late 19th and early 20th centuries - a large mechanical multi-instrument device that utilizes actual orchestral instruments of various types, called an "orchestrion" - to the technologies of today.

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  • Performing with the orchestrion is a primary motivation behind the endeavor.

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  • The term "orchestrion" once described a self-playing, multi-instrumental music machine that disappeared almost a century ago.

    Metheny's One-Man Band

  • Bob and Paul Milhous became obsessed one day with owning a Weber Maestro orchestrion, a huge mechanical instrument that generates the sounds of a 24-piece orchestra.

    From Old Cars to an Orchestrion

  • If there's anything about Metheny's orchestrion that might raise eyebrows, it's the lack of human interaction.

    Man And Machines: Pat Metheny's Orchestrion

  • KAHN: Seeing the orchestrion in action is like watching Santa's workshop - if Santa was a jazz cat.

    Man And Machines: Pat Metheny's Orchestrion

  • Jeremie Ryder, a conservator at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, cranks up the Popper's Rex, an orchestrion built in Leipzig, Germany in 1913.

    Man And Machines: Pat Metheny's Orchestrion

  • KAHN: In a small former church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Metheny's updated orchestrion does away with the cabinet.

    Man And Machines: Pat Metheny's Orchestrion

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