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1 the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole; "harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art" [syn: composition]
2 musical creation [syn: composition]

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  1. present participle of compose

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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composing in Korean: 작곡가
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composing in Icelandic: Tónskáld
composing in Italian: Compositore
composing in Georgian: კომპოზიტორი
composing in Cornish: Composyth
composing in Latin: Compositor
composing in Latvian: Komponists
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composing in Lithuanian: Kompozitorius
composing in Hungarian: Zeneszerző
composing in Macedonian: Композитор
composing in Maltese: Kompożitur
composing in Malay (macrolanguage): Penggubah
composing in Dutch: Componist
composing in Japanese: 作曲家
composing in Norwegian: Komponist
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composing in Occitan (post 1500): Compositor
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composing in Russian: Композитор
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composing in Simple English: Composer
composing in Slovak: Skladateľ
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composing in Finnish: Säveltäjä
composing in Swedish: Kompositör
composing in Thai: คีตกวี
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composing in Tajik: Бастакор
composing in Ukrainian: Композитор
composing in Walloon: Compôzeu d' muzike
composing in Yiddish: קאמפאזיטאר
composing in Contenese: 作曲家
composing in Chinese: 作曲家
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