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composer n : someone who composes music as a profession

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  1. One who composes; an author. Specifically, an author of a piece of music.
  2. One who, or that which, quits or calms.


one who composes; an author; specifically, an author of a piece of music
  • Czech: skladatel
  • German: Komponist, Komponistin
  • Hungarian: zeneszerző, komponista, szerző, alkotó
  • Russian: композитор
one who, or that which, quits or calms






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Extensive Definition

A composer is a person who creates musical art, usually in the medium of notation which is then interpreted and performed by musicians.
The level of distinction between composers and other musicians also varies, which affects issues such as copyright and the deference given to individual interpretations of a particular piece of music. For example, in the development of European music, the function of composing music initially had no greater importance than the function of performing music. The preservation of individual compositions received little attention, and musicians generally had no qualms about modifying compositions for performance. Over time, however, the written notation of the composer has come to be treated as strict instructions, from which performers should not deviate without good reason. Performers do, however, play the music and interpret it in a way that is all their own. In fact, in the concerto form, the soloist would often compose and perform a cadenza as a way to express their individual interpretation of the piece.
More recently, scorewriter programs have become available, allowing composers to typeset music without the need of an engraver.
The term "composer" is often used specifically to mean a composer in the Western tradition of classical music. In popular and folk music, the composer is typically called a songwriter (since the music generally takes the form of a song).

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composer in Afrikaans: Komponis
composer in Arabic: ملحن
composer in Min Nan: Chok-khek-ka
composer in Bosnian: Kompozitor
composer in Bulgarian: Композитор
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composer in Chuvash: Кĕвĕçĕ
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composer in Welsh: Cyfansoddwr
composer in Danish: Komponist
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composer in Estonian: Helilooja
composer in Modern Greek (1453-): Συνθέτης
composer in Spanish: Compositor
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composer in Persian: آهنگساز
composer in French: Compositeur
composer in Western Frisian: Komponist
composer in Korean: 작곡가
composer in Indonesian: Komponis
composer in Icelandic: Tónskáld
composer in Italian: Compositore
composer in Georgian: კომპოზიტორი
composer in Cornish: Composyth
composer in Latin: Compositor
composer in Latvian: Komponists
composer in Luxembourgish: Komponist
composer in Lithuanian: Kompozitorius
composer in Hungarian: Zeneszerző
composer in Macedonian: Композитор
composer in Maltese: Kompożitur
composer in Malay (macrolanguage): Penggubah
composer in Dutch: Componist
composer in Japanese: 作曲家
composer in Norwegian: Komponist
composer in Norwegian Nynorsk: Komponist
composer in Occitan (post 1500): Compositor
composer in Polish: Kompozytor
composer in Portuguese: Compositor
composer in Romanian: Compozitor
composer in Russian: Композитор
composer in Albanian: Kompozitori
composer in Simple English: Composer
composer in Slovak: Skladateľ
composer in Slovenian: Skladatelj
composer in Serbian: Композитор
composer in Finnish: Säveltäjä
composer in Swedish: Kompositör
composer in Thai: คีตกวี
composer in Vietnamese: Nhà soạn nhạc
composer in Tajik: Бастакор
composer in Ukrainian: Композитор
composer in Walloon: Compôzeu d' muzike
composer in Yiddish: קאמפאזיטאר
composer in Contenese: 作曲家
composer in Chinese: 作曲家

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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