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John PsathasJettatura (Solo Piano)

This saddle-stitched performance score is published for performance and study.

About the work:

The composer writes: 'For a country that is home to me in so many ways, Greece has not been so kind to this particular absent son. Practically every journey I have made there has left me with a permanent reminder of some unpleasant and often bizarre experience. From donkey bites to the groin, to motorbike accidents on the island of Santorini, to a protracted, salmonella-induced weight loss that would have made Jenny Craig's eyes water, it is not surprising that members of my family there began to imagine I had fallen under the influence of someone's evil eye.'

Jettatura is the ancient belief that the gaze of strangers casts unwanted magic into the lives of the innocent and calls for a talisman to protect against the 'evil eye'. Psathas considers this work his talisman, his 'good eye,' which he wrote upon returning from a trip to Greece after an unprecedented onslaught of bad luck.

Jettatura was written for pianist Susan Achilles and premiered by her in the 49th concert of the MM::99 Festival which showcased representative music from every year of the 20th century

Selected review of the work:

"Jettatura, for solo piano, is an uncomplicated moto perpetuo, and another example of Psathas's ability to drive forward and compel the listener to join him, by very simple means."

John Button, The Dominion, 16 March 2000

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