song cycle

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noun

a group of art songs that are usually all by the same poet and composer and have a unifying subject or idea.

Origin of song cycle

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for song cycle

  • In this song-cycle of nine poems we are shown the death of a woman's heart.

    Browning's Heroines|Ethel Colburn Mayne

British Dictionary definitions for song cycle

song cycle

noun

any of several groups of songs written by composers during and after the Romantic period, each series employing texts, usually by one poet, relating a story or grouped around a central motif

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