Publication Date



Open access

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Vocal Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Donald Oglesby - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Joshua Habermann - Committee Member

Third Committee Member

Frank Cooper - Committee Member

Fourth Committee Member

Robert Gower - Committee Member


Philipp Heinrich Erlebach (1657-1714) was a court composer and music director in the central German town of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. During his day, Erlebach mastered nearly every genre of his era and turned the court of Rudolstadt into a sophisticated musical center. Unfortunately, a fire which consumed the Rudolstadt court in 1735 destroyed many of his sacred and secular manuscripts. Erlebach had a marked influence on the development of the sacred cantata. He was one of the first composers to write a cycle of texts by Erdmann Neumeister, the earliest cycle of Neumeister cantatas that survives. This study provides background and analysis of two cantatas, Ich will Wasser giessen and Christus ist mein Leben, and examines how this music can be performed today in a historically informed, logistically viable fashion.


Neumeister; Scordatura; Spruchodenkantate; Philipp; Heinrich; German; Performance; Practice; Music; ; Rudolstadt; Schwarzburg; Erlebach; Baroque; Choral; Cantata