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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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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Not Mahershala Ali, who actually won an Oscar for his portrayal of real-life Black pianist and composer Dr. Don Shirley in the Jim Crow South? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Most Awkward Moments from the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Here the essence of poet and composer became one, and the piece made the case that the mundane in life can be a window into greater meaning when framed by the right artists. Peter Dobrin,, "The Crossing choir premieres vivid new Kile Smith work," 1 July 2018 The trumpeter and composer also engaged in various discussions with local groups in those cities, the most affecting of which was at the elementary school where Castile had been a popular food services supervisor. Bill Beuttler,, "In Terence Blanchard’s hands, a trumpet is an instrument of protest," 5 June 2018 This weekend Holter will premiere her collaborative project with Chicago sound artist and composer Olivia Block, and since much of their material will be forged during the weekend leading up to this concert, the details are scant. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Julia Holter joins forces with the Chicago sound artist Olivia Block for a new work exploring sounds of nature," 25 May 2018 Multi-instrumentalist performer, dancer, vocalist and composer Jen Shyu’s Nine Doors is an intense and dramatic piece inspired by the loss of a close friend, drawing on recent history (the 2011 tsunami in Japan) and Korean folklore. John Adamian,, "Jen Shyu's Nine Doors At Firehouse 12," 5 May 2018 At age 17, Bortnick has won acclaim for his popularity as a pianist, singer and composer. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Jewish American Heritage Month spotlights South Florida musicians," 2 May 2018 The law benefited visual artists, who, unlike composers, filmmakers or writers, do not receive a share of any future sales under copyright law. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No.," 11 July 2018 On the program: glorious, otherworldly Renaissance vocal works inspired by the Sistine Chapel, by such composers as Allegri, Des Prez, Palestrina and Morales. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce composer (audio) \

Kids Definition of composer

: a writer of music

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