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1 Name for series of items written to be perf. as a group and sometimes linked thematically either musically or by subject, esp. song‐cycle (Ger. Liedercyclus). In opera the greatest cycle (4 operas) is Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.

2 A complete vibration in mus. acoustics.

3 Any of systems of equal temperament in which tonal material is obtained by dividing octave into number of equal intervals.

Subjects: Music.


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