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Publication Date

Spring 2014

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Music and Dance


Pablo E. Furman


Gibran, Harlan, Mezzo-soprano, Otter, Pierrot, Song cycle

Subject Areas



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.