from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A performer who plays or sings a musical accompaniment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music, one who plays an accompaniment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The performer in music who takes the accompanying part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music The performer in music who takes the accompanying part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)


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  • The next minute the accompanist was the centre of a small crowd of anxious, questioning people.

    The Splendid Folly

  • Firstly, one can only hope that those days will soon disappear forever where a famous violinist brings along an "accompanist" to play a program of sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and César Franck — works designated by their respective composers for Piano and Violin.

    Early Music: An Exchange

  • Her accompanist was a satyr"Chippendales dancer above, goat below.

    Spirits White As Lightning

  • During the intermission, I overheard conversations all around me discussing how beautifully the "accompanist" played.

    The Denver Newspaper Agency Stories

  • A Juilliard-trained pianist and former accompanist on NBC's "Your Show of Shows," she hunched over the keys, trembling slightly from a combination of spinal stenosis, osteoporosis and early Parkinson's disease.

    The Art of Aging Creatively

  • It's well captured in the ghostly choreography by Benjamin Millepied, which accompanies the Glass "Partita," and in the superimposed frames showing Mr. Fain and his friend and accompanist, Nick Britell, reach for their instruments and try to create music together across digital boundaries.

    Analog Gateways From a Digital Age

  • Last month, the tenor, age 42, made his New York recital debut, appearing with the distinguished accompanist Helmut Deutsch in a program of art songs at the Met, a venue rarely used for so intimate a purpose.

    The Smoldering Tenor

  • The pianist, much in demand both as soloist and accompanist, doesn't find much time to practice these days.

    Pappano's Sound of Music

  • Research confirms: The song "In Other Words," composed by Bart Howard, may indeed have been introduced by Mercer at the Blue Note, since Bart Howard was her piano accompanist at the time.

    James A. Fragale: Save the Music, Music, Music!

  • When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her.

    Best of 2009


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