What is a Song Cycle?
Song cycles must have interrelated musical elements. The song cycle was first created in the Romantic period amongst composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. The music of a song cycle connects to a central idea in various ways. Composers must unite song cycles based on central musical themes, the progression of keys, motives or concepts. How the composers presents the song cycle relies largely on his personal preference for music. A properly composed song cycle consists of anywhere from 3 to 9 songs connected in some musical way.