Title page for ETD etd-09202012-150334

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Holcomb, Timothy Adam
Author's Email Address adamholcomb@yahoo.com
URN etd-09202012-150334
Title A Performance Guide to Leonard Lehrman's A Light in the Darkness
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Grayson, Robert Committee Chair
Jesse, Dennis Committee Member
O'Neill, Patricia Committee Member
Sims, Loraine Committee Member
Smith, Edward Dean's Representative
  • Harry Oschitzki
  • Leonard Lehrman
  • A Light in the Darkness
Date of Defense 2012-09-06
Availability unrestricted
Holcomb, Timothy Adam, B.M.E. Music Education, Wright State University, 2002

M.M. Music, Louisiana State University, 2006

Doctor of Musical Arts, Winter Commencement, 2012

Major: Vocal Performance; Minor: Vocal Pedagogy

A Performance Guide to Leonard Lehrmanís A Light in the Darkness

Dissertation directed by Professor Robert Grayson

Pages in dissertation, 146. Words in abstract, 106.


Leonard Lehrman is primarily known as the leading expert on the works of Marc Blitzstein. He is a composer and conductor, and serves to provide a voice for Jewish poets and composers. This document presents Leonard Lehrmanís song cycle, A Light in the Darkness (White-Sailed Boat Upon the Ocean, Ne plus ultra, Reflection, Bitter Complaint, Legacy and Perpetual Reminder: Mauthausen, and A Brown Wolf: Arturo Ui).

This document includes biographical information about the composer, Leonard Lehrman. The document also includes biographical information about the poet, Harry Oschitzki. This document includes an overview of the song cycle, and a performance guide for each song. The conclusion follows the song analyses. The appendices include the English texts from A Light in the Darkness, transcripts of interviews with the composer, a discography of vocal works, a list of vocal works, a letter of permission, and a personal vita.

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