Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Madman: For mezzo-soprano and "Pierrot" ensemble
by Otter, Harlan M., M.A., San Jose State University, 2014, 194; 1560869
Abstract (Summary)

The Madman is a five-movement song cycle that utilizes four poems from Khalil Gibran's eponymous twenty-two poem set. Like Gibran's collection of poetry, this composition sets out to portray the individual's search for meaningful self-identity while coming to terms with negative aspects of both one's own being and society at large. This journey is musically reflected by the narrative voice, a mezzo-soprano, guiding the illustrative Pierrot ensemble through a variety of dynamic and stylistic landscapes that are bound together by common themes – a lyrical romantic melody, a terse motive derived from set theory, and a humorous waltz tune.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Furman, Pablo
Commitee: Belet, Brian, Furman, Pablo E., Haramaki, Gordon
School: San Jose State University
Department: School of Music and Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Gibran, Harlan, Mezzo-soprano, Otter, Pierrot, Song cycle
Publication Number: 1560869
ISBN: 978-1-321-04687-8
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