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instrumentalist n : someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession) [syn: musician, player]

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English

Noun

  1. One who plays upon an instrument of music, as distinguished from a vocalist

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Extensive Definition

A musician is a person who plays or writes music. Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music:
A musician can be self-taught, or learned by formal education in a conservatory or by a private instructor or a guru.
Musicians can be amateur or professional. The meaning of these terms is, however, somewhat diffuse. Musicians' have individual levels of activity and ambition in music, which often makes music both a hobby and a profession. Many professional musicians define the core of their musicianship as a state of "being married" to music, which suggests an active and progressive relationship even and especially after finishing formal education.
A professional musician is, however, usually defined as one who is paid to perform, compose or act in any other productive manner related to music, and whose main source of income is this activity. They may work freelance, enter into a contract with a studio or record label, be employed by a professional ensemble such as a symphony orchestra or big band, or by an institution such as a church or business (such as a jazz club or a bar). A musician who earns money by selling sound recordings is called a recording artist.
In contrary to common belief, professional and amateur musicians are not opposite definitions, and neither contains a description of ability, qualification or appeal.
The concept and the status of the musician in society varies widely, depending on cultural factors.

See also

instrumentalist in Arabic: موسيقى
instrumentalist in Asturian: Músicu
instrumentalist in Bulgarian: Музикант
instrumentalist in Czech: Hudebník
instrumentalist in Welsh: Cerddor
instrumentalist in Danish: Musiker
instrumentalist in German: Musiker
instrumentalist in Estonian: Muusik
instrumentalist in Spanish: Músico
instrumentalist in Esperanto: Muzikisto
instrumentalist in French: Musicien
instrumentalist in Irish: Ceoltóir
instrumentalist in Korean: 음악가
instrumentalist in Hindi: संगीतकार
instrumentalist in Indonesian: Musikus
instrumentalist in Icelandic: Tónlistarmaður
instrumentalist in Italian: Musicista
instrumentalist in Hebrew: מוזיקאי
instrumentalist in Georgian: მუსიკოსი
instrumentalist in Latin: Musicus
instrumentalist in Latvian: Mūziķis
instrumentalist in Lithuanian: Muzikantas
nah:Cuīcatiani
instrumentalist in Dutch: Muzikant
instrumentalist in Dutch Low Saxon: Mezikaant
instrumentalist in Japanese: 音楽家
instrumentalist in Norwegian: Musiker
instrumentalist in Norwegian Nynorsk: Musikar
instrumentalist in Occitan (post 1500): Musician
instrumentalist in Uzbek: Musiqachi
instrumentalist in Polish: Muzyk
instrumentalist in Portuguese: Músico
instrumentalist in Russian: Музыкант
instrumentalist in Sicilian: Musicisti cèlibbri
instrumentalist in Simple English: Musician
instrumentalist in Slovak: Hudobník
instrumentalist in Slovenian: Glasbenik
instrumentalist in Finnish: Muusikko
instrumentalist in Swedish: Musiker
instrumentalist in Ukrainian: Музикант
instrumentalist in Yiddish: מוזיקער
instrumentalist in Chinese: 音乐家

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