song cycle


Definition of song cycle

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

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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 The Wrong Man is based on a rock-song cycle by Ross Golan about a drifter framed for murder. Adam Green, Vogue, "Hamilton’s Thomas Kail Returns to His Improv Roots with Freestyle Love Supreme," 10 Sep. 2019 These, along with his chamber operas and song cycles, are among today’s most frequently produced new works. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Opera composer Jake Heggie breaks new ground with ‘If I Were You’," 23 July 2019 For the past several years, Chicago singer-pianist Patricia Barber has been honing a song cycle of remarkable concision and expressive power. Howard Reich,, "Reviews: Patricia Barber explores 'Higher' at Green Mill; premieres from Grant Park Orchestra," 16 June 2019 Anaïs Mitchell’s song cycle of Hades and Persephone, and of Orpheus and Eurydice, comes to life with a New Orleans jazz band, a workers chorus, a strutting trio of singing Fates, swinging chandeliers, three turntables and more. Barbara Isenberg,, "Rachel Chavkin on ‘Hadestown,’ female directors and her dream of a TV miniseries," 4 June 2019 Bareilles did not so much write a traditional Broadway score as a song cycle, very much within the existing style that had gained her so many fans. Chris Jones,, "In writing the music for 'Waitress,' Sara Bareilles taught musicals a thing or two," 10 July 2018 Others were weighty; his Second Symphony was a song cycle to texts by Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66," 9 July 2018 The album’s title refers to the family tree; the song cycle examines family relationships, roots and branches at varied ages and in multiple situations. Barry Mazor, WSJ, "‘The Tree’ Review: Fertile Country," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of song cycle

1870, in the meaning defined above

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