• John McCabe
  • Joybox (2013)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the BBC for the 2013 Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, for first performance by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Juanjo Mena.

  • 2+pic.3.2+bcl.2+cbn4331timp.perc.pfstr
  • 7 min

Programme Note

Joybox was commissioned by the BBC for the 2013 Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, and is a musical souvenir of a trip to Japan a few years ago. I was in Osaka listening with amazement to an ‘entertainment centre’ full of slot machines (one-armed bandits) playing widely different musical jingles, all going on simultaneously but independently. Eventually I seemed to perceive a kind of musical structural pattern to the babel of noise, and this gave me the idea for what I hope is an ‘entertainment’ piece. (I was certainly entertained by the noise emanating from the ‘entertainment centre’). Unlike those of the original, however, my patterns are constantly changing as well as coming together in different ways.

Joybox is dedicated to the memory of Steve Martland. The first performance was given at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 25th July 2013 by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Juanjo Mena.

© Copyright 2014 by John McCabe

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