song cycle


: a group of related songs designed to form a musical entity

Examples of song cycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The concert will also feature a song cycle by Trombore performed by soprano Laura Lowry and pianist Jessica Koebbe. Patrick Neas, Kansas City Star, 19 Apr. 2024 What was the cost to the patient when photographs were taken, poetry written, song cycles composed, magazine essays published? Seyward Darby, Longreads, 13 Mar. 2024 Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack and pianist Keun-A Lee will give the world premiere of a new song cycle by Rene Orth as well as pieces by Rossini, Ginastera, Piazzola, Pauline Viardot and Carlos Guastavino (April 18). Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Composer Alice Parker, who created arrangements of traditional hymns, as well as operas, oratorios and song cycles — one inspired by the sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. — is dead at 98. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch perform Schubert’s song cycle Schwanengesang, along with other Schubert lieder, in a fully staged and lit one-tenor show directed by Claus Guth. Park Avenue Armory, September 22–28. Vulture, 25 Aug. 2023 The new album’s title character, who first appeared on West Texas as a mysterious runaway, is now the focus of an elaborate song cycle that also stands as the band’s most beautifully orchestrated record to date. Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork, 30 Oct. 2023 Eerily enough, Byrne debuted an early version of the prescient project as far back as 2006; that song cycle morphed into a 2010 concept album and an off-Broadway production in 2013 before finding its way to New York City’s Broadway Theatre this fall. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2023 Thile sings much of the time, but this is hardly a formal song cycle either. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of song cycle was in 1870

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“Song cycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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