sym·​pho·​nist ˈsim(p)-fə-nist How to pronounce symphonist (audio)
: a member of a symphony orchestra
: a composer of symphonies

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Before that, a preconcert panel of Price scholars and current CSO composer-in-residence Jessie Montgomery discussed the symphonist’s remarkable life and even more remarkable music. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 A decade after basing a whole festival on Bruckner and minimalist master John Adams, Franz Welser-Most Thursday night at Severance Music Center juxtaposed the grand Austrian symphonist with Arnold Schoenberg, the father of serialism. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022 He was viewed as the greatest symphonist since Brahms, but at a certain point—mysteriously—no new works appeared. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 During much of his lifetime, he was generally considered the greatest symphonist after Brahms. Tim Page, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 But for essentially all of the '90s and '00s, Reznor was the driving force between one of the most consistently successful acts in alternative, industrial rock symphonists Nine Inch Nails. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 11 Apr. 2019 The masterstroke is Zimmer’s introduction of a quotation from the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar — the symphonist whose music most fully embodies the British soul — with a slow burn that still amounted to playing with fire. David Patrick Stearns,, 17 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of symphonist was in 1767

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“Symphonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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