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THE SONG-CYCLE AND THE SHORT
T HE vogue of the song-cycle and the short song has been a distinctive feature of song-writing during the last decade or so. The two are intimately connected, and the one may be said to be the direct and natural outcome of the other.
To take the song-cycle first, one of the names which is most closely associated with this form of composition is that of Landon Ronald. His earliest song-cycle, Summertime, the words of which are by Edward Teschemacher, was produced by the London Philharmonic Society. Several individual numbers of this cycle, which was sung a great deal at one time by Ben Davies, have become extremely popular, notably "O Lovely Night."
The Four Songs of the Hill were written for and produced by Muriel Foster. Of these four songs, " Away on the Hill " and " A Little Winding Road ' have proved the chief favourites,