Jouska : A Psychodrama in Three Acts
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 cage… "
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.
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, flute, trumpet in B flat, tenor saxophone, accordion, viola, double bass, triangle.
Duration: 17 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — The work includes notated and improvised elements
Contents note: Act One: Trialogue -- Act Two: Catharsis -- Act Three: Integration.
Commission note: Commissioned by the music box project.. Commissioned for the Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music
Prizes/Awards: Part of the project "Shallow Listening" - Winner of the 2020 Art Music Awards, Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.
Performances of this work
16 May 21: Australian Hall, Sydney. Featuring the music box project.
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