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song cycle

a group of art songs that are usually all by the same poet and composer and have a unifying subject or idea.
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1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In this song-cycle of nine poems we are shown the death of a woman's heart.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
British Dictionary definitions for song-cycle

song cycle

any of several groups of songs written by composers during and after the Romantic period, each series employing texts, usually by one poet, relating a story or grouped around a central motif
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