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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Being the daughter of one of the most iconic composers in American music history has plenty of perks. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Leonard Bernstein's daughter says pal Lauren Bacall 'was not a shut-in' after Humphrey Bogart's death in new memoir," 13 Sep. 2018 Mexican-American composer and visual artist Guillermo Galindo now lives in California. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 Whatever echoes of past composers are audible, Child’s voice is abundantly evident. David Weininger,, "From Philip Glass to folk-inspired violin, sounds for the summer," 4 July 2018 Since his death in 1901, Verdi has comfortably enjoyed a seat at or near near the top of the pantheon of 19th-century composers whose works continue to be the bread and butter of opera companies all over the world. Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art," 4 July 2018 Heron now manages a stable of six composers who, collectively, have contributed to records by Rick Ross, Future, DJ Khaled, Rihanna and others. Dan Rys, Billboard, "The New Business of Hip-Hop Beats: How One Company Gets Musicians Paid For Creating Samples," 29 June 2018 Earlier in the century in 1912, Horner said, Duke Ellington spent the summer as a teenager and went on to become one of the most important American composers. Asbury Park Press, "Read more from this Project," 15 June 2018 Another cousin of a different Bernstein work is a joint effort — of four composers. Peter Dobrin,, "At the Mann this summer: Leonard Bernstein, Harry Potter, the Philadelphia Eagles, and what orchestras are becoming," 24 May 2018 For music, Marston chose orchestrations of Amy Beach and Arthur Foote, American composers of the period, plus a bit of Arvo Pärt, here conducted by Martin West. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "Almost boundless creativity as SF Ballet’s new-works festival opens," 22 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 \

Kids Definition of composer

: a writer of music

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a person who helps groups work together

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