song cycle


Definition of song cycle 

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

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Because this documentary song cycle is about loss: of minds, rings, a dog, the hour badly spent. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Gone Missing,’ Now a Poignant Reminder of a Life Cut Short," 12 July 2018 In excerpts from his song cycle La chanson d’Ève, Op. Peter Dobrin,, "Soprano Julia Bullock and pianist John Arida and the art of the big personality," 16 May 2018 Louis Andriessen is writing her an orchestral song cycle, which the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform next season, and Osvaldo Golijov is at work writing a piece for her and the Silk Road Ensemble. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "Nora Fischer Bursts the Classical Music Bubble," 27 Apr. 2018 Golijov’s century-hopping, pan-Mediterranean song cycle that premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2004 with soprano Dawn Upshaw. Jeremy Eichler,, "At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits," 17 June 2018 Drake frequently appears in his dad’s celebrity Instagram and put Graham’s picture on the cover of his 2017 song cycle More Life. Aja Romano, Vox, "Pusha T vs. Drake: the long history of rap’s feud of the moment," 31 May 2018 On Sunday, May 13, at 4 p.m., the Wellesley Choral Society presents the world premiere of a choral song cycle by musical director Edward Whalen about the beauty, grandeur and wonder of the heavens written for chorus and orchestra. Nancy Shohet West,, "Have fun for a good cause," 2 May 2018 Opera Philadelphia premieres a new song cycle tonight prompted by police brutality against African Americans and starring tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Aubrey Nagle,, "New Pa. congressional map revealed, warmer weather sneaks in, Old City building 'total loss' after fire | Morning Newsletter," 20 Feb. 2018 On any scale of dramatic potential, this was an understated interpretation of Schubert’s landmark 65-minute song cycle — and powerful still. Peter Dobrin,, "Baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida in stunning Schubert song cycle," 19 Mar. 2018

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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