accompanist


accompanist
accompanist
is now the standard form of the word for ‘a person who plays a musical accompaniment’. The by-form accompanyist, used by Dickens, is now occasionally encountered in AmE. Some classical musicians dislike the term (preferring pianist) when applied to the piano part in chamber music for two instruments or for piano and voice (and indeed some composers gave priority to the piano in the titles of their pieces, e.g. ‘sonata for piano and violin’).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Accompanist — Ac*com pa*nist, n. The performer in music who takes the accompanying part. Busby. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accompanist — (n.) performer who takes the accompanying part in music, 1833, from ACCOMPANY (Cf. accompany) + IST (Cf. ist) …   Etymology dictionary

  • accompanist — ► NOUN ▪ a person who provides a musical accompaniment …   English terms dictionary

  • accompanist — [ə kum′pənē istə kum′pə nist; ] often [, ə kump′nist] n. a person who plays or sings an accompaniment: also accompanyist [ə kum′pənē ist] …   English World dictionary

  • accompanist — UK [əˈkʌmpənɪst] / US noun [countable] Word forms accompanist : singular accompanist plural accompanists music someone who plays the supporting music while someone else sings or plays the main tune …   English dictionary

  • accompanist — [[t]əkʌ̱mpənɪst[/t]] accompanists N COUNT An accompanist is a musician, especially a pianist, who plays one part of a piece of music while someone else sings or plays the main tune …   English dictionary

  • accompanist — noun Date: circa 1828 one (as a pianist) who plays an accompaniment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • accompanist — /euh kum peuh nist, euh kump nist/, n. Music. a person who plays an accompaniment. Also, accompanyist. [1825 35; ACCOMPAN(Y) + IST] * * * …   Universalium

  • accompanist — noun /əˈkʌmpənɪst/ The performer in music who takes the accompanying part …   Wiktionary

  • accompanist — ac|com|pa|nist [əˈkʌmpənıst] n someone who plays a musical instrument while another person sings or plays the main tune …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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