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Sheet Music: Score

Jouska : A Psychodrama in Three Acts / Joseph Franklin.

by Joseph Franklin (2019)


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"n. a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head - a crisp analysis, a cathartic dialogue, a devastating comeback - which serves as a kind of psychological batting cageā€¦ "

Jouska is a work in the form of psychodrama. Composed for The Music Box Project, the work dramatises aspects of both the individual and collective personalities, as seen from the composers' (subjective) viewpoint. The form follows a psychodrama curve-a method of psychotherapy developed in the 1920s byJacob L. Moreno. This includes the warm-up (Trialogue), action (Catharsis) and integration (Integration). A 'diamond of opposites' is employed in the stage layout, as well as the gravitational forces of contradictory 'characters', which are represented by indeterminate and determinate musical events. References to core psychodrama techniques such as mirroring, doubling, role playing, soliloquy and role reversals appear throughout the work.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (21p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — The work includes notated and improvised elements

Duration: 17 mins

Contents note:

Act One: Trialogue -- Act Two: Catharsis -- Act Three: Integration.

Commission info: Commissioned for the Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music

First performance by the music box project at BIFEM19: the music box project (Bendigo Trades Hall Council) on 7 Sep 2019

Includes program and performance notes, copy of full lyrics, and staging directions.

Prizes/Awards: Part of the project "Shallow Listening" - Winner of the 2020 Art Music Awards, Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Feb 21.

ISMN: 979-0-720245-70-6

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