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How remarkable! Nearly all of the music written since the beginning of time has been fashioned from just eight notes - with a few sharps and flats thrown in for good measure, of course. Today we look at the artists who paint with this limited, but infinitely flexible palette of musical colors!

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COMPOSER vs. SONGWRITER   作曲家 vs. 作詞家


  • To compose music is to write music.

    A composer is someone who writes music.

    A songwriter is someone who writes the music and/or words for songs.
  • compose とは、音楽を作る、作曲するという意味です。

    composer とは、音楽を作る人、つまり、作曲家のことです。

    songwriter は、歌にする曲、または歌詞、もしくはその両方を作る人のことです。



  1. a: Who's your favorite classical composer?
    b: Mozart.
  2. (talking about a movie director)
    He's worked with the same film composer on every one of his movies.
  3. Jerome Kern, who composed music for both Broadway and Hollywood, was one of America's greatest songwriters.
  4. The '70s were a great time for singer-songwriters (= singers who write their own music).

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