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  • John Legend
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  • Sophie Auster
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  • Rev. Christian Henry Bateman (1813 - 1889)
    "Bateman studied in the Moravian Church, and ministered there for a time. In 1843, he became minister of Richmond Place Congregational Church, Edinburgh, Scotland. After 1846, he was successively Congr...
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    Allen Toussaint (January 14, 1938 – November 10, 2015) was an American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans R&B from the 1950s to the end o...

Lyricists

... embracing Hymnologists, Librettists, Songwriters and Singer Songwriters

Lyricists and songwriters write the words to an original piece of music and collaborate with composers and music artists to produce the final songs.

A Hymnologist" is the writer or composer of hymn lyrics

A lyricist is a musician who specialises in writing lyrics.

A lyricist who also composes the music for the songs he writes is called a songwriter.

A singer who writes the lyrics to songs is a singer-lyricist or a Singer Songwriter, which defines a popular music artist who writes and performs their own material.

Lyricists who don’t write their own music work with composers who write the melodies for the songs.

In opera, the librettist is responsible for all text, whether spoken or sung in recitative or aria.

Closely related to librettists are Musical Theatre Lyricists.

Musicals generally have a greater focus on spoken dialogue, dancing, the use of various genres of popular music and is almost always performed in the language of its audience. A musical theatre performer is often an actor first and then a singer and dancer, whereas an opera singer is primarily a singer and only secondarily an actor, (rarely dancing).

Composers of music for musicals often consider the vocal demands of roles with musical theatre performers in mind. Today, large theatres staging musicals generally use amplification of the actors' singing voices in a way that would generally be disapproved of in an operatic context.

Some works (e.g. by George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein {composers} and Stephen Sondheim {composer and lyricist}) have received both "musical theatre" and "operatic" productions. Some older operettas or light operas (such as The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert {librettist} and Sullivan ({composer}) have had modern productions or adaptations that treat them as musicals. The various kinds of musical theatre, include "musical play", "musical comedy", "operetta" and "light opera".

Sondheim said,

"I really think that when something plays Broadway it's a musical, and when it plays in an opera house it's opera. That's it. It's the terrain, the countryside, the expectations of the audience that make it one thing or another."

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