com·​pos·​er | \ kəm-ˈpō-zər How to pronounce composer (audio) \

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 law benefited visual artists, who, unlike composers, filmmakers or writers, do not receive a share of any future sales under copyright law. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No.," 11 July 2018 On the program: glorious, otherworldly Renaissance vocal works inspired by the Sistine Chapel, by such composers as Allegri, Des Prez, Palestrina and Morales. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019-20 season will feature new productions of works by composers ranging from Handel to Gershwin to Philip Glass, company officials announced Wednesday. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Metropolitan Opera’s New Season to Include ‘Porgy and Bess’," 20 Feb. 2019 Four of the five works feature music by female composers, much of it newly commissioned. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "Ashley Bouder, the Feminist Ballerina With a Mission," 29 June 2018 The second disc consists primarily of work by younger composers influenced by Glass. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Lavinia Meijer rethinks the typically ornate sound of the harp for a minimalist repertoire," 5 June 2018 Presenting four world premieres by Louisville composers Jeremy Beck, Daniel Gilliam, Fred Speck and Erich Stem. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Concerts to see this week in Louisville: Willie Nelson to Ben Sollee," 18 May 2018 The piece was one selection in a recital of works by composers who were imprisoned during World War II as well as works by contemporary artists whose music reflects on that time. Scott Lindroth, Washington Post, "Arts at the modern university: More than a diversion.," 13 Apr. 2018 Pianist Stephen Hough joins the symphony for an evening of works by British composers on March 1-2. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Symphony’s 2018-’19 season includes ‘Star Wars’ and a food festival," 12 Apr. 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 How to pronounce composer (audio) \

Kids Definition of composer

: a writer of music

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