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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She prefers Mozart and Beethoven to modern composers. a versatile composer whose works include operas, symphonies, concertos, and sonatas
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the Red Headed Stranger isn't a Willie-ism, but rather a song title of a tune first written in 1953 by entertainment critic and lyricist Edith Lindeman and composer and radio announcer Carl Stutz. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Willie Nelson Got the "Red Headed Stranger" Nickname from the 1953 Tune Originally Written for Perry Como," 30 Apr. 2021 The 27-year-old composer and arranger wrote some new lyrics and added some strings and guitar. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "TikTok Duets Are Reviving the Exquisite Corpse," 12 Apr. 2021 The African-American composer and scholar George E. Lewis was invited to organize a concert devoted to Black composers. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Extremes of the MaerzMusik Festival," 12 Apr. 2021 The title makes perfect sense to Abbasi, an accomplished composer and doctoral student at the University of California San Diego. Beth Wood Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In La Jolla Symphony & Chorus ‘Music in Community’ concert, an unlikely pairing," 10 Apr. 2021 The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, founded in 1932 by Thomas Dorsey, a composer and director known as the father of gospel music, has more than 1,200 members nationwide, most of whom are African-American. New York Times, "The Skagit Valley," 8 Apr. 2021 No jazz lover's book list is complete without this authoritative biography of composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Billboard, "From History to Biographies, Here Are the Best Books About Jazz," 6 Apr. 2021 Cecil’s key innovation with TONTO was combining synths from Moog and ARP with an array of custom modules from a Russian composer and Jimi Hendrix’s guitar tech. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Malcolm Cecil, Producer for Stevie Wonder and Co-Creator of Revolutionary TONTO Synth, Dead at 84," 29 Mar. 2021 Each album usually indicated not only the name of the performer but sometimes also the composer and lyricist. Asaf Shalev,, "Historian is preserving North African Jewish music from a bygone era," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of composer

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of composer was in 1597

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12 May 2021

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“Composer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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