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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Working With Avant Giants, Dropping Acid With Can In addition to teaching, Hassell studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most influential composers of the 21st century and a pioneer in electronic music. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Jon Hassell at 81: Visionary Composer-Trumpeter Reflects on a Half Century of Music on His Own Terms," 28 June 2018 Ellison is conductor, music supervisor, and arranger of the new musical Roman Holiday and composer of The Black and White Ball with Stephen Cole. Peter Dobrin,, "Krajewski out at Philly Pops after 6 seasons - Todd Ellison will take the baton," 20 June 2018 The Ojai Music Festival makes its annual northward trek, this year under the direction of the visionary violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja who brings programs devoted to Beethoven, Michael Hersch, and composers of Eastern Europe. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, June 10," 7 June 2018 That said, the HSO’s performance was superb, and works such as this helped to cement Shostakovich’s well-deserved reputation as one of the foremost symphonic composers of the 20th century. Jessica Rudman,, "HSO Plays A Superb Shostakovich Program To Two Standing Ovations," 5 May 2018 The composers of Mozart’s era, when the piano was still a relatively new instrument, structured piano quintets in various ways. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, "Chamber Music Society marks its 30th with a first: a commissioned work | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 Apr. 2018 Music by women composers of the early 20th century. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "You won't want to miss these top shows in Louisville starting March 18," 16 Mar. 2018 The composer of The Fantasticks, the longest-running musical in history, has died. USA TODAY, "Harvey Schmidt, who co-created ‘The Fantasticks,’ dies at 88," 1 Mar. 2018 Clint Mansell, the composer of Moon, returns too with a fantastic, engaging score. Tom Philip, GQ, "Mute Review: That’s No Moon," 23 Feb. 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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