song cycle

noun

Definition of 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 How about a song cycle based on a book set in an actual mental institution? Chris Willman, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 The show, a sort of mashup of a revue and a song cycle, is produced by Slow Burn Theatre, a resident company at the Broward Center. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Oct. 2021 But what believer ever responded so warmly to texts as consolatory as the six in this choral song cycle? Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2021 Obama speeches are the inspiration for an orchestral song cycle having its world premiere Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The Coronation of Poppea with an English adaptation of Janacek’s song cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, to tell a story about the personal relationship between Holiday and Thomas’ characters. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2021 The concert's centerpiece is a song cycle by Margaret Bonds that gave the concert its title. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 Released on March 24, 1971, the conceptual song cycle of a poetic middle-aged lecher crashing his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and subsequently romancing the teenage Nelson, profoundly impacted everyone from Beck to Air, Portishead to Pulp. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Propelled by 9th Wonder’s beats, the unit wove themes including desire, love and betrayal into a lush seven-song cycle. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of song cycle

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of song cycle was in 1870

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17 Nov 2021

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“Song cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/song%20cycle. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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