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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Notably, a new piece by Welsh composer Paul Mealor will be part of the day's program. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Just Arrived at Buckingham Palace Wearing a Green Look," 5 Mar. 2019 Only four female composers in the 2017-18 season had their own, unshared credit., "Record Scratch: Only 6% Of Your Favorite Shows Use Music Composed By Women," 1 July 2018 The program will include love songs by Norman Dello Joio, Morten Lauridsen and the Festival Singers’ composer-in-residence, Ed Frazier Davis. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "‘Peter Pan’ will fly high at the Kansas City Ballet | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 David Lewis, MiraCosta College Faculty, will discuss Prokofiev, an influential composer in the first half of the 20th century. Linda Mcintosh,, "Group learns about area's first African-Amer. homesteader," 25 Apr. 2018 The music is graceful, eschewing the virtuosic brilliance associated with its composer. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Duo’s fresh take on guitar, violin," 20 Mar. 2018 The next piano duo, Stacy Cahoon and Diane Day, will perform the Scaramouche Suite for Two Pianos, op. 165b by one of the most prolific composers in the 20th century - Darius Milhaud. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 20 Mar. 2018 Its composer Harvey Schmidt died earlier this month, at the age of 88. Christopher Arnott,, "Tresnjak's Next New York Musical; A Yale Departure; A Stunning Bushnell Season Ahead," 15 Mar. 2018 The work, composed in Soviet Russia in the 1930s, waited for a quarter of a century to see a public performance because its composer feared the political oppression of Stalin. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Contortionists and strong men are part of the Indianapolis Symphony's new season," 1 Mar. 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 How to pronounce composer (audio) \

Kids Definition of composer

: a writer of music

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