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Song cyclelocked

  • Susan Youens


A group of individually complete songs designed as a unit (aptly described in German as ‘zusammenhängender Complex’), for solo or ensemble voices with or without instrumental accompaniment. Song cycles can be difficult to distinguish from song collections, which were frequently presented in a planned design. They may be as brief as two songs (dyad-cycles) or as long as 30 or more (e.g. Schoeck’s ...

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