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.
|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|
|Keywords:||Gibran, Harlan, Mezzo-soprano, Otter, Pierrot, Song cycle|
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