Show Summary Details

Page of
<p>Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use&#160;(for details see Privacy Policy).</p><p>date: 15 June 2019</p>

Orchestra (It.; Fr. orchestre; Ger. Orchester)locked

  • John Spitzer
  •  and Neal Zaslaw


‘Orchestra’ has been used in a generic sense to mean any large grouping of instrumentalists. Thus one reads of an Indonesian gamelan orchestra, a Japanese gagaku orchestra, a Chinese drum and gong orchestra, the ‘orchestra’ of a Renaissance intermedio, or even the ‘orchestras’ of the Old Testament. In this article, ‘orchestra’ is treated in a specific and historical sense, as a characteristically European institution that arose in the 17th and 18th centuries and subsequently spread to other parts of the world as part of Western cultural influence. Related information will be found in other articles, for example ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.

Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
C. Burney: A General History of Music from the Earliest Ages to the Present Period (London, 1776-89); ed. F. Mercer (London, 1935/R) [p. nos. refer to this edn]
Early Music
C. Burney: The Present State of Music in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Provinces (London, 1773, 2/1775)
Revue de musicologie
19th Century Music
Acta musicologica
Journal of the American Musicological Society
Die Musikforschung
Hamburger Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft
M. Benoit: Musiques de cour: chapelle, chambre, écurie, 1661-1733 (Paris, 1971)
Early Music History
Studies in Music [Australia]
Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society
Mozart-Jahrbuch [Salzburg, 1950-]
Analecta musicologica
Musical Quarterly
Sammelbände der Internationalen Musik-Gesellschaft
C. Pierre: Histoire du Concert spirituel 1725-1790 (Paris, 1975)
Galpin Society Journal
C. Burney: The Present State of Music in France and Italy (London, 1771, 2/1773)
M. Mersenne: Harmonie universelle