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Master of Arts (MA)
Music and Dance
Pablo E. Furman
Gibran, Harlan, Mezzo-soprano, Otter, Pierrot, Song cycle
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.
Otter, Harlan Matthew, "The Madman: For Mezzo-Soprano and Pierrot Ensemble" (2014). Master's Theses. 4436.