mel·​o·​dist ˈme-lə-dist How to pronounce melodist (audio)
: singer
: a composer of melodies

Examples of melodist in a Sentence

a melodist whose music is not likely to be very accessible to the casual listener
Recent Examples on the Web With more than 125 film scores, Isham has been hailed as an innovator in electronics and a lush orchestral melodist. Paul Grein, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 In Radiance Rising, inspired by anime openings, Ben Spivey imagines the violins as melodists, the viola as an electric guitar, the cello as percussion, progressing to a dancelike ending. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 24 Apr. 2023 His poetry has been continuously set to music by composers, from his contemporaries to still-living melodists, including Carrie Jacobs-Bond, John Alden Carpenter, Harry Thacker Burleigh, William Bolcom and Zenobia Powell Perry. Minnita Daniel-Cox, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Mar. 2023 The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s six-concert winter festival, the Magic of Schubert, considers the legacy of a melodist both gracious and sublime, all culminating in the unrushed pleasures of Schubert’s hour-long Octet in F Major (Jan. 22-Feb. 10). Oussama Zahr, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2022 Harrison liked to say music is a song and a dance, and in the last decades of the 20th century no one could touch him as a melodist. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2020 As a tunesmith, the nonpareil melodist Bacharach found fame in every medium. Chris Morris, Variety, 9 Feb. 2023 But the Romanian conductor happens to be music director of the Cabrillo Festival, which was founded by Lou Harrison, California’s great melodist and eclectic. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Where Lang Lang is a melodist, Wang is marvel of rhythm. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of melodist was in 1789

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“Melodist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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