Definition and background:
several movements intended to be performed together; often refers to a setting of the five movements of the mass ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus dei). Movements in a cycle are connected by mode, voicing, musical material and/or musical technique. refers to any set of musical works-often songs-which are intended to be performed together as a group and are usually linked by a common musical idea or theme
In acoustics, the cycle is the complete oscillation of pressure above and below the atmospheric static pressure.
An alternation of a waveform which begins at a point, passes through the zero line, and ends at a point with the same value and moving in the same direction as the starting point.
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