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.
"'I see in St. Louis once what they call a orchestrion ,' says
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.
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.
Performing with the orchestrion is a primary motivation behind the endeavor.
The term "orchestrion" once described a self-playing, multi-instrumental music machine that disappeared almost a century ago.
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.
If there's anything about Metheny's orchestrion that might raise eyebrows, it's the lack of human interaction.
KAHN: Seeing the orchestrion in action is like watching Santa's workshop - if Santa was a jazz cat.
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.
KAHN: In a small former church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Metheny's updated orchestrion does away with the cabinet.