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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Definitions for tunesmith

  1. Informal. a person who composes popular music or songs.

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Citations for tunesmith
The monthly pay Walnut Records offered me as a tunesmith would barely amount to enough for rent and groceries, but held the promise of royalties should one of my songs get recorded. Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely, What Are the Chances, 2013
Granted, the limited palette of film scores sometimes results from the limited abilities of the practitioners, but almost any Hollywood tunesmith could achieve more distinctive results if the iron fist of cliché were to relax just a little. Alex Ross, "Composing for Hollywood," The New Yorker, February 27, 2015
Origin of tunesmith
Tunesmith was originally an Americanism, dating from the Jazz Age (roughly from the 1918 Armistice to the stock-market crash of 1929). Fittingly enough, an early citation for tunesmith (1923) is attributed to the American bandleader Paul Whiteman (1890–1967), who debuted George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (1924).