1 Strictly, vocal perf. with lyre; hence lyric drama = opera of all kinds (Fr. drame lyr‐ique), lyric stage = operatic stage.
2 Short poem, not epic or narrative; composers such as Grieg adapted this meaning to mus., e.g. Lyric Piece, Lyric Suite.
3 Vocal description, e.g. lyric tenor, lyric soprano, somewhere between ‘light’ and ‘heavy’ vocal weight, capable of sustaining long flowing lines.
4 The words of a song in a ‘musical’ or of a popular 20th‐cent. song.