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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
classical music/musician/composer etc
▪ a leading classical violinist
▪ a classical repertoire
▪ Today, the names of the famous classical composers are associated with particular piano builders.
▪ We live in a time when people traverse lots of music, but in classical music the composer traverses larger musical structures.
▪ Purcell, Vivaldi and Telemann were among his favourite classical composers.
▪ There is some evidence that contemporary composers are showing a renewed interest in the Church as a patron of the arts.
▪ In the end, however, both new works were set to scores by contemporary composers.
▪ None the less his reputation as at once the most searching and accessible of contemporary composers has not diminished.
▪ Purcell, Vivaldi and Telemann were among his favourite classical composers.
▪ Those who do this follow a precedent set by all great composers.
▪ Ellington got a great fellow composer and arranger.
▪ The choir of the church was so famous in the 17 and 18C that its music attracted many great composers.
▪ And finally the Danube dances past Vienna, home of the waltz, great composers and superb cream cakes!
▪ The parting between the two great composers was poignantly prescient.
▪ It has inspired artists, poets and great composers for generations, and to this day few fail to leave enchanted.
▪ This was in the days when we were both planning to be great composers.
▪ During the Karajan years Mozart and Richard Strauss were not squeezed out, though the music of other composers was brought in.
▪ It may be very simple and use ideas which other composers have also used.
▪ Contrary wise, Beethoven and other composers wrote music both in 3/4 and 6/8 meant to go at very similar tempos.
▪ The main beneficiaries of those expanded horizons and burgeoning creative confidence were just those younger composers who are now busy writing operas.
▪ The young composer practises his scales while waiting for a big break.
▪ The young composer at odds with his family, who want him to follow a less daring course.
▪ Then, as the young composer experiments at his consoles and keyboards, taking on some meat, becoming stronger, deeper.
▪ The young composer wanders through a haunted mansion, trying to exorcise the spirits of his tyrannical father and castrating sisters.
▪ A few young composers spotted Magnard's singularity.
▪ The repertoire includes traditional chants and much four-part harmony, written by composers within the Orthodox tradition.
▪ The Mahler Piano Quartet is a very early work in one movement, written when the composer was only 16.
▪ Amelia likes German composers, particularly Wagner.
▪ Henry Purcell was one of the greatest English composers.
▪ My favourite composer is Beethoven.
▪ the composer Philip Glass
▪ Enya as a composer drifts alone in uncharted ether.
▪ Human composers must envy the cat its ears.
▪ I had no contacts that might be of use to a composer.
▪ Nowadays record companies use impeccable accounting techniques, assisted by computers, to calculate the royalties for composers.
▪ The composer requested a reproduction of a Hokusai print to be the cover design on the full orchestral score.
▪ The composers now working there have brought no preconceptions or hidebound conventions.
▪ Trumpet, composer. b. New Orleans. 13 March 1962.
▪ When Leiber called Stoller, the composer was initially uncooperative.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Composer \Com*pos"er\, n.

  1. One who composes; an author. Specifically, an author of a piece of music.

    If the thoughts of such authors have nothing in them, they at least . . . show an honest industry and a good intention in the composer.

    His [Mozart's] most brilliant and solid glory is founded upon his talents as a composer.
    --Moore (Encyc. of Mus.).

  2. One who, or that which, quiets or calms; one who adjusts a difference.

    Sweet composers of the pensive soul.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"one who writes and arranges music," 1590s, agent noun from compose. Used in general sense of "one who combines into a whole" from 1640s, but the music sense remains the predominant one.


n. 1 One who composes; an author. 2 ''Especially'', one who composes music. 3 One who, or that which, quiets or calms.


n. someone who composes music as a profession

Composer (disambiguation)

Composer may be a reference to:

Composer (role variant)

The Composer Artisan is one of the 16 role variants of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, a self-assessed personality questionnaire designed to help people better understand themselves. David Keirsey originally described the Composer role variant; however, a brief summary of the personality types described by Isabel Myers contributed to its development. Composers correlate with the ISFP Myers-Briggs type.


A composer ( Latin compōnō; literally "one who puts together") is a person who creates or writes music, which can be vocal music (for a singer or choir), instrumental music (e.g., for solo piano, string quartet, wind quintet or orchestra) or music which combines both instruments and voices (e.g., opera or art song, which is a singer accompanied by a pianist). The core meaning of the term refers to individuals who have contributed to the tradition of Western classical music through creation of works expressed in written musical notation (e.g., sheet music scores).

Many composers are also skilled performers, either as singers, instrumentalists, and/or conductors. Examples of composers who are also well known for their ability as performers include J. S. Bach (an organist), Mozart ( violin and piano), and Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin (all skilled pianists). Involvement in practical music-making provides a composer with insight into the diverse musical elements needed for a good piece of music and it can give them practical guidance with their compositions.

In broader usage, "composer" can designate people who participate in other musical traditions who create music, as well as those who create music by means other than written notation: for example, Blues or folk singers and guitarists who create songs through improvisation and recording and popular music writers of musical theatre songs and arrangements. In many popular music genres, such as rock and country, musicians who create new songs are typically called songwriters.

Composer (software)

Composer is an application-level package manager for the PHP programming language that provides a standard format for managing dependencies of PHP software and required libraries. It was developed by Nils Adermann and Jordi Boggiano, who continue to manage the project. They began development in April 2011 and first released it on March 1, 2012. Composer is strongly inspired by Node.js's " npm" and Ruby's " bundler". The project's dependency solving algorithm started out as a PHP-based port of openSUSE's libzypp satsolver.

Composer runs through the command line and installs dependencies (e.g. libraries) for an application. It also allows users to install PHP applications that are available on "Packagist" which is its main repository containing available packages. It also provides autoload capabilities for libraries that specify autoload information to ease usage of third-party code.

Composer is used as an integral part of several popular open-source PHP projects, including Laravel.

The logo of the project depicts a conductor, rather than a composer. However, several people within Composer's community have speculated that the logo is of famed composer, Beethoven.

Composer (album)

Composer is an album by pianist Cedar Walton which was recorded in 1996 and released on the Astor Place label.

Usage examples of "composer".

There are also statues of Franz Abt, the composer, of Lessing and of the astronomer K.

It was written as a repertory piece to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and was the culmination of a three-year collaboration with the American composer Carl Davis, who had made three previous albums with the RLPO.

Elie Halevy and his brother Daniel and their cousin Jacques Bizet, son of the composer, all in their late twenties.

Daughter of the composer Halevy and widow of Georges Bizet before she married Straus, leaving disconsolate a train of adorers, she had assembled at her salon the soul and salt of Paris before the ravages of the Affair.

Ernest Bloch has declared to be the single composer in America who displays positive signs of genius, was given his opportunity.

At the time of which we are writing the Court Capellmeister at Vienna was George Reutter, an inexhaustible composer of church music, whose works, now completely forgotten, once had a great vogue in all the choirs of the Imperial States.

He made second and third and fourth lists of fifty philanthropists each, extending his sales-appeal from the innocent composers of books to newspaper editorial writers, colyumists, cartoonists, playwrights, and rich women reported as having attended public poetry-readings, and he widened his selling area to take in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, France, and Germany.

These two composers, the former male, the latter female, had competed with each other for court commissions for fifty years.

If composers could map that other land with their concerti, or painters with their palettes, why not other varieties of magic too?

This not only insures a smooth, melodious flow, but enables the composer to heighten the effect of any situation by choosing consonants that harmonize with it.

Indeed, the bond ought to be closer, for one man wrote books and music as well of the Grail dramas, whereas different librettists and different composers created the Figaro comedies.

Pierre and I made our way through the long, wide corridors lined with gilt mirrors and busts of famous composers, to the Galerie des Glaces, where we ordered champagne.

She liked to listen to the music, get a sense of its tone and mood, and then make up her own harmonies, which often differed radically from the ones the composer might have intended.

With the two duets she was obedient, tamely accepting the harmonies of the composer, but on the final tenor solo, she played with the music a little, embroidering a little here, echoing a little there.

The composers of the music of ancient Greece had for instruments only lyres of six or eight strings, with little vibrative power.