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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Adopting it as a national hymn is an important step toward normalizing and codifying it as a central part of our history, said Nolan Williams, Jr., a composer, producer and cultural curator. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "To help heal racial wounds, Black national anthem would become America's hymn under proposal," 12 Jan. 2021 The composer, vocalist and multimedia artist Pamela Z was supposed to have a good 2020. New York Times, "Pamela Z Manipulates Voices in a Virtual Tour of Times Square," 7 Jan. 2021 The composer — also a producer and record label owner — planned to decline without having read the script or seen a cut, on the basis of having too much on his plate. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Amores Perros’ at 20: Iñárritu’s symphony of desire still jolts," 19 Dec. 2020 The film's composer, Branford Marsalis, tapped soul singer Maxayn Lewis to replicate Rainey's work. Lydia Wang,, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom," 18 Dec. 2020 Wang Jie is a highly interesting and talented composer (Chinese-American). Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Shultz at 100, &c.," 18 Dec. 2020 The establishment of two concert halls in the middle of the century further advanced the composer’s popularity: the Boston Academy of Music in 1833 and the New York Philharmonic in 1842. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Young America Came to Love Beethoven," 17 Dec. 2020 Each recording is completely captained by the specific composer or sound artist, who choose the location and the route. oregonlive, "Portland Soundwalks bring an artistic dimension to a ‘walk in the park’," 20 Nov. 2020 Sony Music India has signed Indian composer, singer and lyricist Amaal Mallik. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "The Deals: Tencent Conjures Licensing Renewal With Merlin, Olivia-Newton John Rides Primary Wave," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of composer

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of composer was in 1597

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24 Jan 2021

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“Composer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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