- 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
- 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