Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicClassical · 2 months ago

What's a composer?

Is a composer the person who writes the music in a musical or the person who writes the words that are sung in music?

6 Answers

  • Tony B
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Generally in a musical the “composer” writes the music and the lyrics (words) are written by a “lyricist”. However, the term “composer” could be used to describe anyone who contributes to writing a song - words or lyrics.

    In a more general sense, a “composer” could write the music, the lyrics or both.

    A composer, lyricist and librettist, in different contexts, might all write lyrics.

  • 2 months ago

     curtisports2 is wrong.  A composer can write anything; music, poetry.  A lyricist is just a composer that doesn't compose the music.

    Kathy knows.

  • 2 months ago

    A composer composes the music. A lyricist write the words.

    Charles, the question was specific to the musical, not composers in general.

  • 2 months ago

    The words to the music are written by the librettist.

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The composer creates the tune, the melody.  The lyricist writes the words the singer sings.

  • Kathy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They can be both of them.

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