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 The association was even headed by a composer of Ukrainian origin, Nikolai Roslavets, who had worked extensively in both countries. New York Times, 13 May 2022 The first Native American to win the Pulitzer music prize, the 44-year-old Chacon is a composer, performer and multimedia installation artist from Fort Defiance in the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Transcending even the human personality of its composer. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 2 May 2022 There was Roger Edens, composer, arranger, producer and jack of all MGM musical trades; there’ll never be a documentary about him, but there should be. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 The Latin Recording Academy announced today that the 2022 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year is composer, arranger, producer, musician, artistic director, and five-time Latin Grammy winner Marco Antonio Solís. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2022 Saxophonist, composer, orchestrator, producer, scholar, professor, and leader Dr. Ed Calle. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 Loved seeing the recognition for our incredibly talented composer Nicholas Britell and our legendary editor Hank Corwin. Chloe Melas, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 Loved seeing the recognition for our incredibly talented composer Nicholas Britell and our legendary editor Hank Corwin. Ruth Kinane,, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of composer

1597, in the meaning defined above

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composed throughout


composing machine

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24 May 2022

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“Composer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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com·​pos·​er | \ kəm-ˈpō-zər How to pronounce composer (audio) \

Kids Definition of composer

: a writer of music

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