mel·​o·​dist | \ ˈme-lə-dist How to pronounce melodist (audio) \

Definition of melodist

1 : singer
2 : a composer of melodies

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a melodist whose music is not likely to be very accessible to the casual listener
Recent Examples on the Web Mandel was primarily a melodist and would seek out lyricists for his songs. Washington Post, "Johnny Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy- winning composer, dies," 30 June 2020 Suddenly the snarky wit was a romantic, the angular composer a melodist. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Now You Know: A Critic’s Guide to Sondheim," 12 Mar. 2020 His work of late, and especially here, reveals a melodist at heart. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "A Personal Statement Turned Ritual Music," 5 June 2018 One of classical music’s greatest melodists, his talent for writing small-scale works like songs, dances and marches was evident from his teens. Christian Hertzog,, "Inon Barnatan and Garrick Ohlsson deliver masterful performances of late Schubert music," 25 Mar. 2018 Guest conductor Abrams put Bernstein the consummate melodist in the spotlight, capturing his freewheeling style and his delight in borrowing forms and ideas from other idioms, as well as his heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony's all-American program brings listeners to their feet," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of melodist

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Melodist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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