com·pos·er | \ kəm-ˈpō-zər \

Definition of composer 

: one that composes especially : a person who writes music

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Synonyms for composer


melodist, musician

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Examples of composer in a Sentence

She prefers Mozart and Beethoven to modern composers. a versatile composer whose works include operas, symphonies, concertos, and sonatas

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The Americans were thrilled by a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, after which the composer took a bow. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Richard Elden Used Newspaper Skills to Find Best Bets in Hedge Funds," 13 July 2018 O’Leary and Hayes had long discussions about the principal characters before the composer developed musical themes for them. Matthew J. Palm,, "With music and drama, playwright Joseph Hayes debuts 'Destination Moon'," 10 July 2018 The two main elements the composers used were pitch and timbre. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music," 9 July 2018 The cutting-edge Japanese composer's next project is an opera conducted and sung by an android equipped with artificial intelligence. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Japan's 'Scary Beauty' Android Opera is a Metaphor for Our Relationship with Tech: Interview," 2 July 2018 The movie’s bittersweet quality wasn’t the only influence on the composer. Tim Smith,, "BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances," 26 June 2018 There's one across the street from the Kensington Wine Rooms that marks the building where the composer Muzio Clementi lived. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Visiting the London wine bar that popped the cork on the Trump investigation," 22 June 2018 This summer, South Florida Chopin devotees won’t need to travel to Boston or New York to experience the composer's sting. Sean Erwin, miamiherald, "Chopin in the City of Sun: Miami's first Chopin Festival and Academy," 19 June 2018 Lauper previously won for her score to Kinky Boots, becoming the first solo female composer ever to win a Tony. Dave Quinn,, "Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, John Legend and All the Stars Who Nabbed 2018 Tony Nominations," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of composer

1597, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of composer

: a person who writes music


com·pos·er | \ kəm-ˈpō-zər \

Kids Definition of composer

: a writer of music

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