What is composition?

  • (noun): The spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole.
    Example: "Harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art"
    Synonyms: composing
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on composition, compositions:

Alexander Bain - Bibliography
... On Teaching English With Detailed Examples and an Enquiry Into the Definition of Poetry English Composition and Rhetoric Emotional qualities of style ...
William Bolcom - Life and Career
... At the age of 11, he entered the University of Washington to study composition privately with George Frederick McKay and John Verrall and piano with Madame Berthe Poncy Jacobson ... and with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire, where he received the 2ème Prix de Composition ... the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan, a position which he still holds ...
United States Senate Elections, 2008 - Results Summary - Change in Composition
... Senate composition before the elections R1 R11 R21 R31 R41 D48 D38 D28 D18 D8 R2 R12 R22 R32 R42 D47 D37 D27 D17 D7 R3 R13 R23 R33 R43 D46 D36 D26 D16 D6 R4 R14 R24 R34 R44 D45 D35 D25 D15 D5 R5 R15 R25 R35 R45 D44 ...
Esa-Pekka Salonen - Composing
... Among Salonen's compositions are...auf den ersten blick und ohne zu wissen.. ... stated that his time in California has helped him to be more "free" in his compositions ... from an ideological principle to a pleasure principle" is how he described the composition of his breakthrough piece, "LA Variations," which the Philharmonic premiered in 1997 ...
United States Senate Elections, 1972 - Senate Composition Before and After Elections
... Senate composition before the elections I D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D R R R ...

More definitions of "composition":

  • (noun): The way in which someone or something is composed.
    Synonyms: constitution, makeup
  • (noun): A mixture of ingredients.
  • (noun): An essay (especially one written as an assignment).
    Example: "He got an A on his composition"
    Synonyms: paper, report, theme
  • (noun): Art and technique of printing with movable type.
    Synonyms: typography
  • (noun): Something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole.
    Example: "He envied the composition of their faculty"
  • (noun): Musical creation.
    Synonyms: composing

Famous quotes containing the word composition:

    If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing ... I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

    Boswell, when he speaks of his Life of Johnson, calls it my magnum opus, but it may more properly be called his opera, for it is truly a composition founded on a true story, in which there is a hero with a number of subordinate characters, and an alternate succession of recitative and airs of various tone and effect, all however in delightful animation.
    James Boswell (1740–1795)