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 Blakey often led bands with some of the finest young players and composers in the field. John Adamian,, "The Secondary Messengers to channel the greatness of Art Blakey at the Buttonwood Tree," 29 Nov. 2019 Working fast for composers meant anything goes, and cannibalizing their own work and that of others was common., "Review: The Kanye West opera at the Hollywood Bowl? Call it ‘Nebuchadsnoozer’," 25 Nov. 2019 The words struck a different chord with composer Alex Kliment, who re-imagined the notes as a song by punk rock band The Ramones. NBC News, "Photo of Trump's notes becomes meme as Twitter users turn them into song lyrics," 21 Nov. 2019 All of this has been rich material for two Americans, composer Lisa Bielawa and artist Sheryl Oring. Fox News, "Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germans still seeking answers 30 years later," 10 Nov. 2019 For Orlando composer Julian Bond, the gig started as an interesting assignment: Create music to underscore an NPR series on first responders suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Matthew J. Palm,, "Pulse first responders honored with music in CFCArts concert," 24 Oct. 2019 Sacred music composer Raquel Mora Martinez, the bishop’s wife, will debut a hymn written for the occasion. Elaine Ayala,, "Recalling pastors who gathered to praise the Spanish-language Bible in San Antonio," 22 Oct. 2019 Most composers make a living teaching in universities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: American choral works about love and death wonderfully sung by Sacra/Profana," 19 Oct. 2019 Pianist-composer-bandleader-educator Carmen Sandim has a few minutes to talk. Bret Saunders, The Know, "American jazz and Brazilian influences converge on Carmen Sandim’s “Play Doh”," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Composer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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