Harmonist

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Harmonist (Eccl. Hist) One of a religious sect, founded in W├╝rtemburg in the last century, composed of followers of George Rapp, a weaver. They had all their property in common. In 1803, a portion of this sect settled in Pennsylvania and called the village thus established, Harmony.
    • Harmonist One who shows the agreement or harmony of corresponding passages of different authors, as of the four evangelists.
    • Harmonist (Mus) One who understands the principles of harmony or is skillful in applying them in composition; a musical composer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harmonist One skilled in the principles of musical harmony; also, a musical composer.
    • n harmonist plural Same as harmonici.
    • n harmonist One who shows the agreement or harmony between corresponding passages of different authors; specifically, a writer of a harmony of the four gospels.
    • n harmonist [capitalized] A member of a communistic religious body organized by George Rapp in Würtemberg on the model of the primitive church, and conducted by him to Pennsylvania in 1803: their settlement there was called Harmony (whence their name). They removed to New Harmony in Indiana in 1815, but returned to Pennsylvania in 1825, and formed the township of Economy on the Ohio near Pittsburgh, and later a new village of Harmony. They are communistic, holding all property in common; they discourage strongly marriage and sexual intercourse, hold that the second coming of Christ and the millennium are near at hand, and that ultimately the whole human race will be saved. Also called Rappist and Economite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Harmonist one skilled in harmony: a musical composer
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Quotations

  • William Wordsworth
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    “The ocean is a mighty harmonist.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. harmoniste,

Usage

In literature:

Not for me are the dooms of kings and bards, the rulers of empires, or, yet nobler, the swayers and harmonists of souls.
"The Pilgrims Of The Rhine" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Among the Scandinavian composers the greatest, by far, is Grieg, one of the most original melodists and harmonists of all times.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV" by John Lord
A glance at the detail of his art discloses Franck as one of the main harmonists of his age, with Wagner and Grieg.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
The story of the Harmonists, one of the most successful of all the communistic colonies is even more interesting.
"Our Foreigners" by Samuel P. Orth
The explanation and reconciliation of these is the work of the harmonist.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
The Harmonist of the Renaissance is his title.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
The alteration of the traditions is thus justified by a harmonistic theology.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
I visited the Harmonists again not many months ago; the village and orchards lie as sleepily among the quiet hills as ever.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
As is shown by the two or three vocal works of his that I have seen, Gleason is less successful as a melodist than as a harmonist.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
He is a master harmonist.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
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In news:

Over the past 190 years, the building has served as not only a dwelling place for the Harmonists, but also eventually a school, hotel, restaurant, dormitory and newspaper printing shop.
Dennis Lapic's calling is restoring Harmonist homes.
Wise family preserves Harmonist home.
DENNY SIMMONS / Courier & Press University of Southern Indiana anthropology major Whitley Draper empties a bucket of material unearthed Wednesday at the Harmonist kiln site in New Harmony, Ind.
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