song cycle


Definition of song cycle

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Others have turned to putting new works on podcasts, benefit concerts or offering a song cycle online. John Carucci, Fortune, "Broadway theaters consider the path forward for shows to resume," 5 May 2020 But everything is new somewhere for someone and for Mr. Ratmansky, who makes dances to music, Mr. Ablinger’s song cycles seem to have unlocked something. New York Times, "Review: Alexei Ratmansky Finds a New Voice at City Ballet," 31 Jan. 2020 As the song cycle grew in length and complexity, however, Thomas and the Cleveland Orchestra pared it down to one, the great Symphonie Fantastique. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Michael Tilson Thomas taps memory bank for ‘Meditations on Rilke’ with Cleveland Orchestra," 12 Feb. 2020 After presenting some of them as a song cycle at his annual theater festival at his estate in Sydmonton, Lloyd Webber got the idea to turn it into a full-blown musical. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Cats Has Never Made Sense—And I Have Always Loved It," 19 Dec. 2019 His subject matter is explicit and personal, the album a song cycle brimming with ghosts – four siblings who died tragically young. Greg Kot,, "Review: Raphael Saadiq bears soulful witness to his family’s anguish on ‘Jimmy Lee’," 23 Aug. 2019 The clouds then descended with Berlioz’s song cycle. Los Angeles Times, "Review: With Jaime Martín in the driver’s seat, LACO concert is a thrill ride," 30 Sep. 2019 The story could have ended there, but in 1977 composer Andrew Lloyd Webber began turning it into a song cycle. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Purrfect or A-Paw-Ling? Why CATS Still Gives Some Theatergoers Paws," 13 Jan. 2015 Drawing from symphonies, chamber music and conceptualism, electro-acoustic fusions, neo-romanticism and choral music, string quartets, song cycles and serialism, Reynolds embraces and expands many traditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Classical music: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds a whirlwind of music," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of song cycle

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Song cycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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