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orchestrion

Syllabification: or·ches·tri·on
Pronunciation: /ôrˈkestrēən
 
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(also orchestrina /ˌôrkiˈstrēnə/)

Definition of orchestrion in English:

noun

A large mechanical musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of an orchestra.
Example sentences
  • Secular barrel organs varied widely in size, ranging from domestic instruments little bigger than a musical box to the orchestrions designed for public display, for example Maelzel's panharmonicon and Winkel's componium.
  • Bach chorales are transposed according to strict mathematical procedures, folk tunes are inverted and piled on top of one another, and the clumsy sound of an orchestrion is produced by a small orchestra.
  • There are music machines, too - player pianos and orchestrions, which combine a number of automated instruments in one box.

Origin

mid 19th century: from orchestra, on the pattern of accordion.

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