lyr·​i·​cist | \ ˈlir-ə-sist How to pronounce lyricist (audio) \

Definition of lyricist

: a writer of lyrics

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Vorobyev has written some original songs and hopes to collaborate with a lyricist fluent in English. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russia’s top Chicago tribute band, Leonid & Friends, back in the USA," 7 Aug. 2019 Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will work alongside Alan Menken, who wrote the original movie's music with the late lyricist Howard Ashman, to craft additional music for the remake. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About the New Little Mermaid Starring Halle Bailey," 19 July 2019 It was created by the powerhouse team of writer Arthur Laurents, composer Leonard Bernstein and young lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 'West Side Story' spotlights Puerto Rican culture," 12 Sep. 2019 Patty, the principal at a local kindergarten, was the lyricist, while Mildred wrote the melodies. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "The necessary vulnerability of celebrating your birthday as an adult," 30 Aug. 2019 On his own, Croker has been releasing albums that increasingly showcase his polymathic skill set as a producer, arranger, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Multitalented trumpeter Theo Croker makes his Yoshi’s debut," 4 Sep. 2019 In his book The Broadway Musical, Joseph Swain observes: Collaboration in the musical theatre meant that a composer might work with not only a lyricist and a librettist bu also a director, an orchestrator, a choreographer ... Aja Romano, Vox, "Broadway director Harold Prince left an unparalleled legacy of masterworks," 1 Aug. 2019 And when lyricists and musicians begin drawing not from tradition but from fellow modern, revenue-conscious entertainers, the results get more contentious. Washington Post, "In a globalized world, music fragments take unexpected roads," 30 July 2019 As a lyricist, Cloninger shared in six Dove Awards, which are given by the Gospel Music Association. al, "Claire Cloninger, prolific Christian author and songwriter, dead at 77," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lyricist

1875, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes the words of a song : a writer of lyrics

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