What is the 101 Strings Orchestra?
The 101 Strings Orchestra is the name of a musical ensemble that has produced hundreds of records. Its "easy-listening" style has won over millions of people, making it one of the most successful musical groups in symphonic history.
When was the 101 Strings Orchestra founded?
The 101 Strings Orchestra was founded in 1957 by producer/engineer Dick L. Miller. Miller founded the orchestra as a way to achieve the same sound as the "big name" orchestras conducted by the best conductors at a fraction of the cost. Miller's search lead him to hire relatively unknown musicians from all over Europe. As long as the music stayed the same, musicians were easily interchangeable given they were able to perform in similar style as the ensemble.
What makes the 101 Strings Orchestra so famous?
Much of the 101 Strings Orchestra's success came from the arrangement of songs, usually based on popular television/movie themes, Top 40 radio songs, etc... It's trademark sound is based on rich melodies and ambient relaxing atmospheres (something everyone can appreciate).
What makes the 101 Strings Orchestra different from other orchestras?
The main differences between the 101 Strings Orchestra and other orchestras are the styles of music played and the instruments involved in creating it. The 101 Strings Orchestra prominently features the use of stringed instruments, though a handful of their albums focus on brass, guitar, piano, rock'n'roll rhythms, among others.
Where can I find released albums of the 101 Strings Orchestra?
Albums released by the 101 Strings Orchestra can be found in many major retailers around the world. Recently, under its newest label, Madacy Entertainment, a 12 CD Collectors Edition has been released.
Interesting Facts About the 101 Strings Orchestra
In 1964, Miller sold the 101 Strings Orchestra to the Alshire Label, and for the next 30 years, Alshire and the orchestra produced large quantities of albums. In 1995, Madacy Entertainment bought the Alshire label, and began repackaging and re-releasing music by the 101 Strings Orchestra.
When it was founded The 101 Strings Orchestra was actually made up of 124 stringed instruments.
With over 2,000 titles from which to choose, many marketing and advertisement agencies regularly use the 101 Strings Orchestra's music in their ad campaigns. To make the process of licensing their music easier, the 101 Strings Orchestra has added an online application to their website.
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