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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Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London at 92. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "Choreographer Gillian Lynne of ‘Cats’ fame dies at age 92," 2 July 2018 As an instrumentalist and as composer, Dave has a very individual sound. Jesse Hamlin,, "Arts & Ends: Edward Simon, Marco Granados take up two nights in Oakland," 19 June 2018 The work features 14 unique variations, each depicting someone within the composer's circle of family and friends, including his wife, a piano-playing friend, a bulldog named Dan, even Elgar himself. Jen Banowetz, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Symphony concert offers some variety," 15 Mar. 2018 Known as one of the composer's most optimistic works. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "2018 Symphony on the Prairie schedule includes Beach Boys and a Tom Petty tribute," 2 Mar. 2018 This 2017 piece, directed by Trevor Hay, addresses the composer's sexuality, as well as a variety of other aspects of his life and music. Chris Jones,, "Hershey Felder is coming back to Chicago with 'Our Great Tchaikovsky'," 8 Feb. 2018 Thursday night with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the cellist gave those who never did understand the composer’s mysterious contours some compelling avenues for listening. Peter Dobrin,, "Philadelphia Orchestra welcomes Christoph Eschenbach back, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein in mercurial Schumann," 2 Feb. 2018 When the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra commissioned Visconti to write about Christian, the composer's attention was caught by the couple's connection. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "This is the story of The Hates. And it's a love story.," 31 Jan. 2018 Feigenbaum: The fact that for almost every year the Pulitzer went to some contemporary classical composer was an important data point in the argument that classical music still matters. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Classical Music Can Learn From Kanye West," 2 July 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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