musician

Anyone who plays music can be called a musician. Whether you're playing the cello on stage at Carnegie Hall or playing the harmonica on a subway platform, you're a musician.

While this word is most often used to mean a professional instrumentalist, it can also refer to someone who writes or sings music, and even your brother's friend who occasionally plays the drums in a Led Zeppelin cover band. Musician originally meant "one skilled in music," from the Latin musica, "the art of music and poetry," which has a Greek root, mousike, "art of the Muses."

Definitions of musician
  1. noun
    someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
    synonyms: instrumentalist, player
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    Marian Anderson
    United States contralto noted for her performance of spirituals (1902-1993)
    Louis Armstrong
    United States pioneering jazz trumpeter and bandleader (1900-1971)
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    German baroque organist and contrapuntist; composed mostly keyboard music; one of the greatest creators of western music (1685-1750)
    Pearl Mae Bailey
    United States singer (1918-1990)
    Bela Bartok
    Hungarian composer and pianist who collected Hungarian folk music; in 1940 he moved to the United States (1881-1945)
    Charles Edward Berry
    United States rock singer (born in 1931)
    Marc Blitzstein
    United States pianist and composer of operas and musical plays (1905-1964)
    Anton Bruckner
    Austrian organist and composer of romantic music (1824-1896)
    William Byrd
    English organist and composer of church music; master of 16th century polyphony; was granted a monopoly in music printing with Thomas Tallis (1543-1623)
    Maria Meneghini Callas
    Greek coloratura soprano (born in the United States) known for her dramatic intensity in operatic roles (1923-1977)
    Enrico Caruso
    outstanding Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921)
    Pablo Casals
    an outstanding Spanish cellist noted for his interpretation of Bach's cello suites (1876-1973)
    Johnny Cash
    United States country music singer and songwriter (1932-2003)
    Maurice Chevalier
    French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)
    Frederic Francois Chopin
    French composer (born in Poland) and pianist of the romantic school (1810-1849)
    Arcangelo Corelli
    Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
    Francois Couperin
    French composer of music for organ and a member of a family of distinguished organists (1668-1733)
    Harry Lillis Crosby
    United States singer and film actor (1904-1977)
    Karl Czerny
    Austrian virtuoso pianist and composer of many works for the piano; studied with Beethoven and was a teacher of Liszt (1791-1857)
    Miles Dewey Davis Jr.
    United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
    Maria Magdalene von Losch
    United States film actress (born in Germany) who made many films with Josef von Sternberg and later was a successful cabaret star (1901-1992)
    Placido Domingo
    Spanish operatic tenor noted for performances in operas by Verdi and Puccini (born in 1941)
    Antoine Domino
    United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
    John Dowland
    English lutenist and composer of songs for the lute (1563-1626)
    Bob Dylan
    United States songwriter noted for his protest songs (born in 1941)
    Edward Kennedy Ellington
    United States jazz composer and piano player and bandleader (1899-1974)
    Georges Enesco
    Romanian violinist and composer (1881-1955)
    Manuel de Falla
    Spanish composer and pianist (1876-1946)
    Eileen Farrell
    United States operatic soprano noted for the clarity and power of her voice (1920-2002)
    Ella Fitzgerald
    United States scat singer (1917-1996)
    Judy Garland
    United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)
    John Birks Gillespie
    United States jazz trumpeter and exponent of bebop (1917-1993)
    Benjamin David Goodman
    United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
    Stephane Grappelli
    French jazz violinist (1908-1997)
    Woodrow Wilson Guthrie
    United States folk singer and songwriter (1912-1967)
    William John Clifton Haley Jr.
    United States rock singer who was one of the first to popularize rock'n'roll music (1925-1981)
    Lionel Hampton
    United States musician who was the first to use the vibraphone as a jazz instrument (1913-2002)
    George Harrison
    English rock star; lead guitarist of the Beatles (1943-2001)
    Coleman Hawkins
    United States jazz saxophonist (1904-1969)
    James Marshall Hendrix
    United States guitarist whose innovative style with electric guitars influenced the development of rock music (1942-1970)
    Woodrow Charles Herman
    United States jazz musician and bandleader (1913-1987)
    Dame Myra Hess
    English pianist (1890-1965)
    Charles Hardin Holley
    United States rock star (1936-1959)
    Lena Calhoun Horne
    United States singer and actress (born in 1917)
    Marilyn Horne
    United States operatic mezzo-soprano (born 1934)
    Vladimir Horowitz
    Russian concert pianist who was a leading international virtuoso (1904-1989)
    Julio Iglesias
    Spanish singer noted for his ballads and love songs (born in 1943)
    Mahalia Jackson
    United States singer who did much to popularize gospel music (1911-1972)
    Michael Joe Jackson
    United States singer who began singing with his four brothers and later became a highly successful star during the 1980s (born in 1958)
    Michael Philip Jagger
    English rock star (born in 1943)
    Joseph Joachim
    Hungarian violinist and composer (1831-1907)
    Asa Yoelson
    United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)
    Janis Joplin
    United States singer who died of a drug overdose at the height of her popularity (1943-1970)
    Riley B King
    United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
    Fritz Kreisler
    United States violinist (born in Austria) (1875-1962)
    Wanda Landowska
    United States harpsichordist (born in Poland) who helped to revive modern interest in the harpsichord (1879-1959)
    Sir Harry MacLennan Lauder
    Scottish ballad singer and music hall comedian (1870-1950)
    Huddie Leadbetter
    United States folk singer and composer (1885-1949)
    John Lennon
    English rock star and guitarist and songwriter who with Paul McCartney wrote most of the music for the Beatles (1940-1980)
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
    Swedish Nightingale
    Swedish soprano who toured the United States under the management of P. T. Barnum (1820-1887)
    Franz Liszt
    Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso (1811-1886)
    Madonna Louise Ciccone
    United States pop singer and sex symbol during the 1980s (born in 1958)
    Robert Nesta Marley
    Jamaican singer who popularized reggae (1945-1981)
    Dino Paul Crocetti
    United States singer (1917-1995)
    Sir James Paul McCartney
    English rock star and bass guitarist and songwriter who with John Lennon wrote most of the music for the Beatles (born in 1942)
    John McCormick
    United States operatic tenor (born in Ireland) (1884-1945)
    Helen Porter Mitchell
    Australian operatic soprano (1861-1931)
    Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior
    United States operatic tenor (born in Denmark) noted for his Wagnerian roles (1890-1973)
    Sir Yehudi Menuhin
    British violinist (born in the United States) who began his career as a child prodigy in the 1920s (1916-1999)
    Ethel Merman
    United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
    Thelonious Sphere Monk
    United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982)
    James Douglas Morrison
    United States rock singer (1943-1971)
    Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton
    United States jazz musician who moved from ragtime to New Orleans jazz (1885-1941)
    Marta Brigit Nilsson
    Swedish operatic soprano who played Wagnerian roles (born in 1918)
    Jessye Norman
    United States operatic soprano (born in 1945)
    Joseph Oliver
    United States jazz musician who influenced the style of Louis Armstrong (1885-1938)
    Roy Orbison
    United States composer and rockabilly tenor popular in the 1950s (1936-1988)
    Ignace Jan Paderewski
    Polish pianist who in 1919 served as the first Prime Minister of independent Poland (1860-1941)
    Niccolo Paganini
    Italian violinist and composer of music for the violin (1782-1840)
    Charles Christopher Parker
    United States saxophonist and leader of the bop style of jazz (1920-1955)
    Luciano Pavarotti
    Italian tenor (born in 1935)
    Edith Giovanna Gassion
    French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
    Alice-Josephine Pons
    United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
    Rosa Melba Ponselle
    United States soprano (1897-1981)
    Francis Poulenc
    French pianist and composer (1899-1963)
    Elvis Aron Presley
    United States rock singer whose many hit records and flamboyant style greatly influenced American popular music (1935-1977)
    Mary Leontyne Price
    United States operatic soprano (born 1927)
    Henry Purcell
    English organist at Westminster Abbey and composer of many theatrical pieces (1659-1695)
    Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
    composer and piano virtuoso born in Russia (1873-1943)
    Paul Bustill Robeson
    United States bass singer and an outspoken critic of racism and proponent of socialism (1898-1976)
    Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein
    Russian composer and pianist (1829-1894)
    Arthur Rubinstein
    United States pianist (born in Poland) known for his interpretations of the music of Chopin (1886-1982)
    Lillian Russell
    United States entertainer remembered for her roles in comic operas (1861-1922)
    Charles Camille Saint-Saens
    French pianist and composer (1835-1921)
    Artur Schnabel
    United States composer (born in Austria) and pianist noted for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert (1882-1951)
    Clara Josephine Schumann
    German pianist and composer of piano music; renowned for her interpretation of music, especially the music of her husband Robert Schumann (1819-1896)
    Ernestine Schumann-Heink
    United States operatic contralto (1861-1936)
    Albert Schweitzer
    French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
    Peter Seeger
    United States folk singer who was largely responsible for the interest in folk music in the 1960s (born in 1919)
    Andres Segovia
    Spanish guitarist who made classical guitar a concert instrument (1893-1987)
    Rudolf Serkin
    United States concert pianist (born in Czechoslovakia) (1903-1991)
    Ravi Shankar
    Indian sitar player who popularized classical Indian music in the West (born in 1920)
    Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
    United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
    Belle Miriam Silverman
    United States operatic soprano (born in 1929)
    Paul Simon
    United States singer and songwriter (born in 1942)
    Francis Albert Sinatra
    United States singer and film actor (1915-1998)
    Bessie Smith
    United States blues singer (1894-1937)
    Kathryn Elizabeth Smith
    United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)
    Richard Starkey
    rock star and drummer for the Beatles (born in 1940)
    Isaac Stern
    United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
    Barbra Joan Streisand
    United States singer and actress (born in 1942)
    Dame Joan Sutherland
    Australian operatic soprano (born in 1926)
    Thomas Tallis
    English organist and composer of church and secular music; was granted a monopoly in music printing with William Byrd (1505-1585)
    Arthur Tatum
    United States jazz pianist who was almost completely blind; his innovations influenced many other jazz musicians (1910-1956)
    Renata Tebaldi
    Italian operatic soprano (born in 1922)
    Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa
    New Zealand operatic soprano (born in 1944)
    Helen Traubel
    United States operatic soprano (1903-1972)
    Sarah Vaughan
    United States jazz singer noted for her complex bebop phrasing and scat singing (1924-1990)
    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
    Italian baroque composer and violinist (1675-1741)
    Thomas Wright Waller
    United States jazz musician (1904-1943)
    Ethel Waters
    United States actress and singer (1896-1977)
    Hiram King Williams
    United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
    Tammy Wynetter Pugh
    United States country singer (1942-1998)
    Lester Willis Young
    United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
    Efrem Zimbalist
    United States violinist (born in Russia) (1889-1985)
    Pinchas Zukerman
    Israeli violinist (born in 1948)
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    accompanist, accompanyist
    a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)
    accordionist
    a musician who plays the accordion
    bandsman
    a player in a band (especially a military band)
    bassist
    a musician who play the bass viol
    bassoonist
    a musician who plays the bassoon
    bell ringer
    someone who plays musical handbells
    carillonneur
    a musician who plays a carillon
    cellist, violoncellist
    someone who plays a violoncello
    clarinetist, clarinettist
    a musician who plays the clarinet
    flautist, flute player, flutist
    someone who plays the flute
    gambist
    a musician who performs upon the viola da gamba
    guitar player, guitarist
    a musician who plays the guitar
    harmoniser, harmonizer
    a musician who sings or plays in harmony
    harper, harpist
    someone who plays the harp
    harpsichordist
    someone who plays the harpsichord
    hornist
    a musician who plays a horn (especially a French horn)
    jazz musician, jazzman
    a musician who plays or composes jazz music
    keyboardist
    a musician who plays a keyboard instrument
    koto player
    a musician who plays the koto
    lutanist, lutenist, lutist
    a musician who plays the lute
    oboist
    a musician who plays the oboe
    organist
    a person who plays an organ
    percussionist
    a musician who plays percussion instruments
    pianist, piano player
    a person who plays the piano
    bagpiper, piper
    someone who plays the bagpipe
    recorder player
    someone who plays the recorder
    rhythm and blues musician
    a performer (and sometimes composer) of rhythm and blues music
    rock 'n' roll musician, rocker
    a performer or composer or fan of rock music
    saxist, saxophonist
    a musician who plays the saxophone
    singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
    a person who sings
    sitar player
    a musician who plays the sitar
    soloist
    a musician who performs a solo
    trombone player, trombonist
    a musician who plays the trombone
    cornetist, trumpeter
    a musician who plays the trumpet or cornet
    vibist, vibraphonist
    a musician who plays the vibraphone
    fiddler, violinist
    a musician who plays the violin
    violist
    a musician who plays the viola
    alto
    a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
    alto saxophonist, altoist
    a musician who plays the alto saxophone
    baritone, barytone
    a male singer
    bass, basso
    an adult male singer with the lowest voice
    bugler
    someone who plays a bugle
    canary
    a female singer
    caroler, caroller
    a singer of carols
    castrato
    a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice
    chorister
    a singer in a choir
    contralto
    a woman singer having a contralto voice
    balladeer, crooner
    a singer of popular ballads
    cymbalist
    a performer on the cymbals
    drummer
    someone who plays a drum
    folk singer, jongleur, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour
    a singer of folk songs
    hummer
    a singer who produces a tune without opening the lips or forming words
    lieder singer
    a singer of lieder
    madrigalist
    a singer of madrigals
    opera star, operatic star
    singer of lead role in an opera
    pipe major
    the chief piper in a band of bagpipes
    rapper
    someone who performs rap music
    recitalist
    a musician who gives recitals
    rock star
    a famous singer of rock music
    songster
    a person who sings
    soprano
    a female singer
    syncopator
    a musician who plays syncopated jazz music (usually in a dance band)
    tenor
    an adult male with a tenor voice
    tenor saxophonist, tenorist
    a musician who plays the tenor saxophone
    thrush
    a woman who sings popular songs
    torch singer
    a singer (usually a woman) who specializes in singing torch songs
    voice
    (metonymy) a singer
    warbler
    a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song
    xylophonist
    someone who plays a xylophone
    yodeller
    a singer who changes register rapidly (popular is Swiss folk songs)
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    performer, performing artist
    an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
  2. noun
    artist who composes or conducts music as a profession
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    Victor Herbert
    United States musician and composer and conductor noted for his comic operas (1859-1924)
    Yoko Ono
    United States musician (born in Japan) who married John Lennon and collaborated with him on recordings (born in 1933)
    Carl Orff
    German musician who developed a widely used system for teaching music to children (1895-1982)
    Saint Ambrose
    (Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    German baroque organist and contrapuntist; composed mostly keyboard music; one of the greatest creators of western music (1685-1750)
    Samuel Barber
    United States composer (1910-1981)
    Bela Bartok
    Hungarian composer and pianist who collected Hungarian folk music; in 1940 he moved to the United States (1881-1945)
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    German composer of instrumental music (especially symphonic and chamber music); continued to compose after he lost his hearing (1770-1827)
    Vincenzo Bellini
    Italian composer of operas (1801-1835)
    Alban Berg
    Austrian composer in Schoenberg's twelve-tone music system (1885-1935)
    Irving Berlin
    United States songwriter (born in Russia) who wrote more than 1500 songs and several musical comedies (1888-1989)
    Louis-Hector Berlioz
    French composer of romantic works (1803-1869)
    Leonard Bernstein
    United States conductor and composer (1918-1990)
    Georges Bizet
    French composer best known for his operas (1838-1875)
    Marc Blitzstein
    United States pianist and composer of operas and musical plays (1905-1964)
    Ernest Bloch
    United States composer (born in Switzerland) who composed symphonies and chamber music and choral music and a piano sonata and an opera (1880-1959)
    Aleksandr Porfirevich Borodin
    Russian composer (1833-1887)
    Pierre Boulez
    French composer of serial music (born in 1925)
    Johannes Brahms
    German composer who developed the romantic style of both lyrical and classical music (1833-1897)
    Lord Britten of Aldeburgh
    major English composer of the 20th century; noted for his operas (1913-1976)
    Max Bruch
    German composer (1838-1920)
    Anton Bruckner
    Austrian organist and composer of romantic music (1824-1896)
    William Byrd
    English organist and composer of church music; master of 16th century polyphony; was granted a monopoly in music printing with Thomas Tallis (1543-1623)
    John Milton Cage Jr.
    United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992)
    Hoagland Howard Carmichael
    United States songwriter (1899-1981)
    Carlos Chavez
    Mexican composer of nationalistic works using themes from Indian folk music (1899-1978)
    Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Cherubini
    Italian composer of church music and operas (1760-1842)
    Frederic Francois Chopin
    French composer (born in Poland) and pianist of the romantic school (1810-1849)
    George Michael Cohan
    United States songwriter and playwright famous for his patriotic songs (1878-1942)
    Aaron Copland
    United States composer who developed a distinctly American music (1900-1990)
    Arcangelo Corelli
    Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
    Francois Couperin
    French composer of music for organ and a member of a family of distinguished organists (1668-1733)
    Sir Noel Pierce Coward
    English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
    Karl Czerny
    Austrian virtuoso pianist and composer of many works for the piano; studied with Beethoven and was a teacher of Liszt (1791-1857)
    Claude Achille Debussy
    French composer who is said to have created Impressionism in music (1862-1918)
    Clement Philibert Leo Delibes
    French composer of operas (1836-1891)
    Frederick Delius
    English composer of orchestral works (1862-1934)
    Antoine Domino
    United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
    Gaetano Donizetti
    Italian composer of operas (1797-1848)
    John Dowland
    English lutenist and composer of songs for the lute (1563-1626)
    Paul Dukas
    French composer (1865-1935)
    Antonin Dvorak
    Czech composer who combined folk elements with traditional forms (1841-1904)
    Bob Dylan
    United States songwriter noted for his protest songs (born in 1941)
    Sir Edward William Elgar
    British composer of choral and orchestral works including two symphonies as well as songs and chamber music and music for brass band (1857-1934)
    Georges Enesco
    Romanian violinist and composer (1881-1955)
    Manuel de Falla
    Spanish composer and pianist (1876-1946)
    Arthur Fiedler
    popular United States conductor (1894-1979)
    Stephen Collins Foster
    United States songwriter whose songs embody the sentiment of the South before the American Civil War (1826-1864)
    Cesar Franck
    French composer and teacher who influenced a generation of composers (1822-1890)
    George Gershwin
    United States composer who incorporated jazz into classical forms and composed scores for musical comedies (1898-1937)
    Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
    Russian composer (1804-1857)
    Christoph Willibald von Gluck
    German composer of more than 100 operas (1714-1787)
    Benjamin David Goodman
    United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
    Charles Francois Gounod
    French composer best remembered for his operas (1818-1893)
    George Percy Aldridge Grainger
    United States composer (born in Australia) who lived in London and collected English folk songs (1882-1961)
    Edvard Hagerup Grieg
    Norwegian composer whose work was often inspired by Norwegian folk music (1843-1907)
    Woodrow Wilson Guthrie
    United States folk singer and songwriter (1912-1967)
    Jacques Francois Fromental Elie Halevy
    French operatic composer (1799-1862)
    George Frederick Handel
    a prolific British baroque composer (born in Germany) remembered best for his oratorio Messiah (1685-1759)
    William Christopher Handy
    United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)
    Franz Joseph Haydn
    prolific Austrian composer who influenced the classical form of the symphony (1732-1809)
    Woodrow Charles Herman
    United States jazz musician and bandleader (1913-1987)
    Paul Hindemith
    German neoclassical composer and conductor who believed that music should have a social purpose (1895-1963)
    Charles Hardin Holley
    United States rock star (1936-1959)
    Arthur Honegger
    Swiss composer (born in France) who was the founding member of a group in Paris that included Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau (1892-1955)
    Engelbert Humperdinck
    German composer of six operas and other incidental music (1854-1921)
    Jacques Francois Antoine Ibert
    French composer (1890-1962)
    Charles Edward Ives
    United States composer noted for his innovative use of polytonality (1874-1954)
    Joseph Joachim
    Hungarian violinist and composer (1831-1907)
    Scott Joplin
    United States composer who was the first creator of ragtime to write down his compositions (1868-1917)
    Aram Kachaturian
    Armenian composer who incorporated oriental folk music (1903-1978)
    Jerome David Kern
    United States composer of musical comedies (1885-1945)
    Aram Ilich Khachaturian
    Russian composer (born in Armenia) whose works are romantic and reflect his interest in folk music (1903-1978)
    Sergei Aleksandrovich Koussevitzky
    United States conductor (born in Russia) who was noted for performing the works of contemporary composers (1874-1951)
    Leonard Constant Lambert
    English composer and conductor (1905-1951)
    Orlando di Lasso
    Belgian composer (1532-1594)
    Huddie Leadbetter
    United States folk singer and composer (1885-1949)
    Franz Lehar
    Hungarian composer of light operas (1870-1948)
    John Lennon
    English rock star and guitarist and songwriter who with Paul McCartney wrote most of the music for the Beatles (1940-1980)
    Franz Liszt
    Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso (1811-1886)
    Baron Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton
    English composer of many successful musicals (some in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice) (born in 1948)
    Frederick Loewe
    United States composer (born in Austria) who collaborated with Lerner on several musicals (1901-1987)
    Jean Baptiste Lully
    French composer (born in Italy) who was the court composer to Louis XIV and founded the national French opera (1632-1687)
    Edward MacDowell
    United States composer best remembered as a composer of works for the piano (1860-1908)
    Gustav Mahler
    Austrian composer and conductor (1860-1911)
    Jules Emile Frederic Massenet
    French composer best remembered for his pop operas (1842-1912)
    Sir James Paul McCartney
    English rock star and bass guitarist and songwriter who with John Lennon wrote most of the music for the Beatles (born in 1942)
    Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
    German musician and romantic composer of orchestral and choral works (1809-1847)
    Gian Carlo Menotti
    United States composer (born in Italy) of operas (born in 1911)
    Jakob Liebmann Beer
    German composer of operas in a style that influenced Richard Wagner (1791-1864)
    Darius Milhaud
    French composer of works that combine jazz and polytonality and Brazilian music (1892-1974)
    Alton Glenn Miller
    United States bandleader of a popular big band (1909-1944)
    Claudio Monteverdi
    Italian composer (1567-1643)
    Douglas Moore
    United States composer of works noted for their use of the American vernacular (1893-1969)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    prolific Austrian composer and child prodigy; master of the classical style in all its forms of his time (1756-1791)
    Modest Petrovich Moussorgsky
    Russian composer of operas and orchestral works (1839-1881)
    Carl August Nielsen
    Danish composer (1865-1931)
    Jacques Offenbach
    French composer of many operettas and an opera (1819-1880)
    Roy Orbison
    United States composer and rockabilly tenor popular in the 1950s (1936-1988)
    Eugene Ormandy
    United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1899-1985)
    Seiji Ozawa
    United States conductor (born in Japan in 1935)
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
    Italian composer (1526-1594)
    Walter Piston
    United States neoclassical composer (1894-1976)
    Cole Albert Porter
    United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)
    Francis Poulenc
    French pianist and composer (1899-1963)
    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
    Russian composer of ballets and symphonies and operas (1891-1953)
    Giacomo Puccini
    Italian operatic composer noted for the dramatic realism of his operas (1858-1924)
    Henry Purcell
    English organist at Westminster Abbey and composer of many theatrical pieces (1659-1695)
    Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
    composer and piano virtuoso born in Russia (1873-1943)
    Jean-Philippe Rameau
    French composer of operas whose writings laid the foundation for the modern theory of harmony (1683-1764)
    Maurice Ravel
    French composer and exponent of Impressionism (1875-1937)
    Stephen Michael Reich
    United States composer (born in 1936)
    Ottorino Respighi
    Italian composer remembered for his symphonic poems (1879-1936)
    Nikolai Andreyevich Rimski-Korsakov
    Russian composer of operas and orchestral works; often used themes from folk music (1844-1908)
    Richard Rodgers
    United States composer of musical comedies (especially in collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II and with Lorenz Hart) (1902-1979)
    Sigmund Romberg
    United States composer (born in Hungary) who composed operettas (1887-1951)
    Giloacchino Antonio Rossini
    Italian composer remembered for his operas (1792-1868)
    Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein
    Russian composer and pianist (1829-1894)
    Charles Camille Saint-Saens
    French pianist and composer (1835-1921)
    Erik Alfred Leslie Satie
    French composer noted for his experimentalism and rejection of Romanticism (1866-1925)
    Artur Schnabel
    United States composer (born in Austria) and pianist noted for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert (1882-1951)
    Arnold Schoenberg
    United States composer and musical theorist (born in Austria) who developed atonal composition (1874-1951)
    Franz Seraph Peter Schubert
    Austrian composer known for his compositions for voice and piano (1797-1828)
    Robert Alexander Schumann
    German romantic composer known for piano music and songs (1810-1856)
    Clara Josephine Schumann
    German pianist and composer of piano music; renowned for her interpretation of music, especially the music of her husband Robert Schumann (1819-1896)
    Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin
    Russian composer of orchestral and piano music (1872-1915)
    Andres Segovia
    Spanish guitarist who made classical guitar a concert instrument (1893-1987)
    Roger Huntington Sessions
    United States composer who promoted 20th century music (1896-1985)
    Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
    United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
    Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich
    Russian composer best known for his fifteen symphonies (1906-1975)
    Johan Julius Christian Sibelius
    Finnish composer (1865-1957)
    Paul Simon
    United States singer and songwriter (born in 1942)
    Bedrich Smetana
    Czech composer (1824-1884)
    Stephen Sondheim
    United States composer of musicals (born in 1930)
    John Philip Sousa
    a United States bandmaster and composer of military marches (1854-1932)
    Leopold Antoni Stanislaw Stokowski
    United States conductor (born in Britain) (1882-1977)
    Strauss the Elder
    Austrian composer of waltzes (1804-1849)
    Strauss the Younger
    Austrian composer and son of Strauss the Elder; composed many famous waltzes and became known as the `waltz king' (1825-1899)
    Richard Strauss
    German composer of many operas; collaborated with librettist Hugo von Hoffmannsthal to produce several operas (1864-1949)
    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
    composer who was born in Russia but lived in the United States after 1939 (1882-1971)
    Arthur Seymour Sullivan
    English composer of operettas who collaborated with the librettist William Gilbert (1842-1900)
    George Szell
    United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1897-1970)
    Thomas Tallis
    English organist and composer of church and secular music; was granted a monopoly in music printing with William Byrd (1505-1585)
    Joseph Deems Taylor
    United States composer and music critic (1885-1966)
    Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    important Russian composer whose works are noted for their expressive melodies (1840-1893)
    Georg Philipp Telemann
    German baroque composer (1681-1767)
    Virgil Garnett Thomson
    United States composer who collaborated with Gertrude Stein (1896-1989)
    Arturo Toscanini
    Italian conductor of many orchestras worldwide (1867-1957)
    Edgar Varese
    United States composer (born in France) whose music combines dissonance with complex rhythms and the use of electronic techniques (1883-1965)
    Ralph Vaughan Williams
    English composer influenced by folk tunes and music of the Tudor period (1872-1958)
    Guiseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi
    Italian operatic composer (1813-1901)
    Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Brazilian composer (1887-1959)
    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
    Italian baroque composer and violinist (1675-1741)
    Wilhelm Richard Wagner
    German composer of operas and inventor of the musical drama in which drama and spectacle and music are fused (1813-1883)
    Bruno Walter
    German conductor (1876-1962)
    Sir William Turner Walton
    English composer (1902-1983)
    Baron Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber
    German conductor and composer of romantic operas (1786-1826)
    Kurt Weill
    German composer; collaborated with Bertolt Brecht (1900-1950)
    Hiram King Williams
    United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
    Hugo Wolf
    Austrian composer (1860-1903)
    Sir Henry Joseph Wood
    English conductor (1869-1944)
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    adapter, arranger, transcriber
    a musician who adapts a composition for particular voices or instruments or for another style of performance
    cantor, choirmaster, precentor
    the musical director of a choir
    composer
    someone who composes music as a profession
    conductor, director, music director
    the person who leads a musical group
    virtuoso
    a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry
    contrapuntist
    a composer who specializes in counterpoint
    bandleader
    the leader of a dance band
    bandmaster
    the conductor of a band
    drum major
    the leader of a marching band or drum corps
    drum majorette, majorette
    a female drum major
    orchestrator
    an arranger who writes for orchestras
    psalmist
    a composer of sacred songs
    ballad maker, songster, songwriter
    a composer of words or music for popular songs
    symphonist
    a composer of symphonies
    type of:
    artist, creative person
    a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
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