Definition of melodist in English:

melodist

noun

  • 1A composer of melodies.

    • ‘But it's the chorus of Swanee that everyone knows best and Finnissy's version gives a final indication of his personal angle on one of the greatest melodists of the last century.’
    • ‘They demonstrate most admirably Barber's gift as a distinguished melodist.’
    • ‘For music written at that time, it is very old-fashioned, but there's no denying that an expert melodist and orchestrator are at work here.’
    • ‘And the lyrical poetry of Romanos the melodist, the hymnology of John of Damascus, and the legendary compositions of Johannes Kopuselos, to name only a few, radically changed the Byzantine rite.’
    • ‘Apart from its richly imaginative orchestral textures it shows Crosse as a melodist too.’
    • ‘‘If one song can be said to have ‘made’ Rodgers and Hart,’ wrote the melodist, ‘it was ‘Manhattan.’’
    • ‘But his faults don't count for much in the face of his considerable virtues: a melodist with a terrific sense of poetry and harmony.’
    • ‘First off, it is filled with soaring tunes, reminding us what a gifted melodist Smith was.’
    • ‘Mehlan is a sharp melodist, and when he brings his full arsenal to bear on a simple melody, the effect is magnificent.’
    • ‘Over her 20-year career she has been visually original, a provocative stylist, an intelligent lyricist and a sublime melodist, but she has never been a ground-breaking musician.’
    • ‘His distinction as a melodist and harmonist I don't doubt.’
    • ‘He was a superb melodist and a brilliant orchestrator, with fine feeling for the human voice, and his works rise consistently above the operetta norm.’
    • ‘Coltrane was also a sublime melodist, who in later life became obsessed with the untapped possibilities of rhythm.’
    • ‘Lou Harrison called Hovhaness a melodist that comes along once in a hundred years.’
    • ‘One of the great ‘instant composers,’ a melodist of the first rank, Gray, who died in 1955, was one of the most consistent musicians in jazz history.’
    • ‘In my review of the a recent Hyperion disc, I indicate that neither Napravnik nor Blumenfeld were great melodists; that assessment applies equally to Lickl.’
    • ‘Whatever the virtues of his output heretofore, Copland could certainly not be called a melodist.’
    • ‘Actually, I consider Bomtempo an exceptional melodist, likely his most attractive compositional trait.’
    • ‘Collaborating with a melodist, Izzy wrote the lyrics for ‘Marie from Sunny Italy,’ to be performed with the same Neapolitan intonation.’
    • ‘It also happened that Poulenc turned out one of the greatest melodists of all time, and it seems churlish to complain when he keeps hitting you with ‘A’ material.’
    1. 1.1archaic A singer.
      • ‘As a verbal melodist, especially a melodist of sweetness and of stately grace, and as a harmonist of prolonged and complex cadences, he is unsurpassable.’
      • ‘Within his hymns, Romanos the Melodist gives voice to a wide range of biblical characters.’

Pronunciation:

melodist

/ˈmɛlədɪst/