sym·​pho·​nist | \ ˈsim(p)-fə-nist How to pronounce symphonist (audio) \

Definition of symphonist

1 : a member of a symphony orchestra
2 : a composer of symphonies

Examples of symphonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of symphonist

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Oct 2021

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“Symphonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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