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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But there are surprisingly few samples of cave acoustics, according to Lysoivanov, a composer, music producer, and recording engineer who teaches at Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 The Met’s widely reported plans, which started with bringing in a youngish music director, 43-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin, now include commissioning operas from two female composers, Missy Mazzoli and Jeanine Tesori. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Is American Opera Doomed?," 10 Oct. 2018 That’s mainly due to the composer, who’s been breathing Pretty Woman’s aesthetic for the past 30 years. Aja Romano, Vox, "Pretty Woman: The Musical is high on charm, low on substance," 17 Aug. 2018 Mothersbaugh is now an in-demand composer, visual artist and designer. Randall Roberts,, "The Art of De-Evolution: Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale discuss two new books that celebrate punk band Devo's visual work," 12 July 2018 The songwriting team met eight years ago in a workshop that paired seven writers with seven composers, in a rotating arrangement, over the course of two weeks. Christopher Wallenberg,, "In ‘Lempicka,’ an artist who lives her life in bold strokes," 12 July 2018 The Canadian composer, 68, popped the question to the actress and singer, 34, during their European vacation this week, McPhee's rep confirmed to TMZ and People. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Katharine McPhee and David Foster are engaged," 3 July 2018 The reputation of Leonard Bernstein — the starry composer, conductor, pianist, and educator — continues to be made and remade more than two and a half decades after his death. Peter Dobrin,, "Leonard Bernstein's daughter tells Philly: My dad would love 'Hamilton' and be 'a little jealous'," 28 June 2018 Schoenberg began as an expressionist composer, extending Wagner and Mahler’s innovations in extreme chromaticism, but later found a way to bypass tonality altogether. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 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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