Rozalie Hirs

2017-10-28

Poetry performance during Geestdrift Festival

At the invitation of Joost Baars, the poets Edwin Fagel, Willem Jan Otten, and Rozalie Hirs perform alongside him during Geestdrift Festival at Geertekerk, Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 28 October 2017.

Geestdrift is a festival around theological themes with lectures, readings, literature, visual arts, and music. This year’s theme concerns the radical hermeneutics and weak theology of John Caputo, who opens the festival at noon with a keynote lecture entitled ‘In search of a god worthy of the name’. The poetry readings by Joost Baars, Edwin Fagel, Willen Jan Otten, and Rozalie Hirs take place from 15:45-16:45 CET. The photograph on the left shows Dette Glashouwer who presents her theatre show ‘Money money money’ later in the afternoon.

The Geertekerk in Utrecht is one of the oldest churches in the city: its construction began in the 17th Century. It was remodeled during the 19th Century and has been one of the spiritual and cultural centers of eastern Holland ever since. Apart from fulfilling the religious needs of its parishioners, the Geertekerk also hosts musical and cultural performances, and exhibitions.

Date: 2017-10-28
Time: 15:45-16:45 CET
Location: Geertekerk, Geertekerkhof 23, 3511 XC Utrecht, The Netherlands

2017-10-27

Uit het nest geroofd (Robbed from the nest)

From 27 October until 26 November 2017 the poetry exhibition Uit het nest geroofd (Robbed from the nest) shows twenty poems of the Dutch and Flemish poets Abdelkader Benali, Julie Beirens, Bernard Dewulf, Astrid Haerens, Stefan Hertmans, Rozalie Hirs, Esther Jansma, Frank Keizer, Nafiss Nia, Iduna Paalman, David Van Reybrouck, Bart Van der Straeten, Marc Tritsmans, Maud Vanhauwaert, Miriam Van hee, Geert Viaene, Jante Wortel, Kira Wuck, and Geert Beeckman, selected by Jozef Deleu, publisher of Liegend Konijn. The poems are accompanied by visual art works by Raf Coorevits, Lodewijk Deleu, Sam Dillemans, Johan Tahon, and Tom Vanrijckegem.

The exhibition is an initiative of Cultuur Centrum De Steiger, Menen, Belgium, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the literary magazine Liegend Konijn. The exhibition is opened on 27 October 2017 at 19:30 CET and closed on 26 November 2017 at 11:00 CET with performances by Maud Vanhauwaert, Bart Van der Straeten, and Bernard Dewulf, Astrid Haerens respectively. The hosts is Griet Vanryckegem. With an introduction by Chiel Vandenberghe and Jozef Deleu. The events are to be concluded by a reception.

Date: 2017-10-27
Time: 19:30 CET
Location: Cultuur Centrum De Steiger, Waalvest 1, 8930 Menen, Belgium

2017-10-22

Luisterhuis (The Listening house; 2017), Dutch Design Week

From Saturday 22 October until Sunday 29 October 2017 The Listening House (Luisterhuis; 2017) by Machiel Spaan (concept, design) and Rozalie Hirs (music) is exhibited the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. (photograph ©2017 Allard van der Hoek)

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Date: 2017-10-22
Time: 11:00-18:00 CET daily
Location: Dutch Design Week, Strijp Area/ Dutch Design Academy, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2017-10-20

parallel world [breathing] at Concertgebouw


Very happy with the performance of my new composition parallel world [breathing] for flute, clarinet, percussion, two harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) at Koninklijk Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, yesterday. The concert was part of the Entrée Late Night. The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who performed the work, were Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello), and Alexander de Blaeij (conductor). Photographs by Renske Vrolijk.

The new work was a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.



2017-10-19

parallel world [breathing] (2017) – concert premiere

171019-concertgebouw-orchestra-rozalie-hirs-horizon-seriesOn 19 October 2017 as part of the Entrée Late Night, soloists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform parallel world [breathing] for flute, clarinet, percussion, 2 harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. The new work is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

The concert takes place at 22:15 CET at the Koorzaal as part of Entrée Late Night and is free of admission. The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who perform the work, are Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

Earlier that evening the programme Multiversum features orchestral works by Ligeti, Vivier, and Eötvös, as well as lectures on cosmology and theoretical physics. We Are Public members can buy tickets for the entire evening for €5.

(photograph: 7 October 2017, world premiere of parallel world [breathing] by Rozalie Hirs at the Open Dag of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands).

Date: 2017-10-19
Time: 20:15 CET
Location: Spiegelzaal or Koorzaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands
Performers: Soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra: Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

2017-10-18

Book launch at Ausland, Berlin

Here are two photographs made by Marit Vos at Ausland, Berlin, of yesterday’s book launch of gestammelte werke (Berlin: kookbooks, 2017) by Rozalie Hirs. Presenting a multilingual reading of the poems for the first time was so much fun!

Cia Rinne read Swedish, Spanish, and French translations by Boerje Bohlin, Diego Puls, and Kim Andringa/Daniel Cunin/Henry Deluy respectively; Daniela Seel read German originals and German translations by Ard Posthuma/Daniela Seel/Rozalie Hirs; Rozalie Hirs read Dutch and English originals, as well as English translations by Donald Gardner.


2017-10-17

Duo booklaunch Mette Moestrup & Rozalie Hirs, Berlin

On 17 October 2017 at Ausland, Berlin, the Danish poet Mette Moestrup and the Dutch poet Rozalie Hirs present the book launches of their respective poetry books Stirb, Lüge, Stirb, and gestammelte werke, both published this year by kookbooks, Berlin.

During this evening the multilingual poetry book gestammelte werke (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is presented to the German audience. The new book, recently published by the Berlin-based experimental publishing house kookbooks, can be regarded as a manifesto for Europe and the world. Rozalie Hirs, Cia Rinne, and Daniela Seel kick off the evening with a language caroussel of poems in Dutch, German, French, English, and Spanish, selected from the new compendium. Mette Moestrup and Rike Scheffler present a duo reading from Moestrup’s new poetry book Stirb, Lüge stirb, that recently appeared with kookbooks. Daniela Seel interviews Hirs and Moestrup about their new books. With additional performances by Rike Scheffler (music, poetry) and Cia Rinne (multilingual poetry).

Date: 2017-10-17
Time: 20:00
Location: Ausland, Lychener Str. 60, 10437 Berlin, Germany
Performers: Mette Moestrup, Rozalie Hirs, Daniela Seel, Rike Scheffer, Cia Rinne

2017-10-17

Welcome to the duo booklaunch of Moestrup & Hirs, Berlin

Welcome to the duo booklaunch of Mette Moestrup and Rozalie Hirs today at Ausland, Berlin, Germany. The event starts at 20:30 CET (doors open at 20:00 CET).

Today the Danish poet Mette Moestrup and the Dutch poet Rozalie Hirs present the book launches of their respective poetry books, the bilingual (Danish, German) Stirb, Lüge, Stirb, and multilingual (Dutch, German, English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, Swedish, Serbian, Albanian, Lithuanian) gestammelte werke, both published this year by kookbooks, Berlin.

Moestrup and Hirs read poems from their new books. With guest appearances by Rike Scheffler, Cia Rinne, as well as kookbooks publisher Daniela Seel. It would be great to see you there!

The poems of gestammelte werke were selected by Daniela Seel from Hirs’ five most recent poetry books: Speling (Amsterdam: Querido, 2005), Geluksbrenger (Amsterdam: Querido, 2008), gestamelde werken (Amsterdam: Querido, 2012), Curvices and Musicles (Bleiswijk: Uitgeverij Vleugels, 2013), verdere bijzonderheden (Amsterdam: Querido, 2017). With special thanks to all translators who contributed to gestammelte werke: Daniela Seel, Diego Puls, Ard Posthuma, Kim Andringa, Henri Deluy, Aurea Sison, Donald Gardner, Daniel Cunin, Anton Papleka, Jelica Novaković, Radovan Lucic, Ausra Gudaviciute, Gytis Norvilas, Nina Tarhan Mouravi, Boerje Bohlin, Moze Jacobs. And to Andreas Töpfer for the cover and book design.

For more information, please visit Rozalie Hirs’ new German website. Buy the book at Amazon.


2017-10-13

List of musical works (and works of youth)

Contents

Orchestral music
Music for ensemble
Chamber music
Vocal music, based on own poetry
Music with spoken voice, based on own poetry
Electroacoustic and electronic music
Works of youth

Orchestral music (15 musicians or more)

The honeycomb conjecture (2015) 13′
2fl, ob, cl, bcl, fg, 2cor, 2trp, btrb, 2perc, pf, 2vln, 2va, 2vc, cb, electronic sounds

Atlantis ampersand (music, text: Rozalie Hirs; 2015) 22′
2fl, cl, bcl, cfg, cor, trp, trb, acc, 2perc, pf, 8-part soloists’ choir 2-2-2-2 (or choir 32 voices minimum), 2vln, va, vc, cb, electronic sounds

Lichtende drift (2014) 10′
strings 6-6-5-4-2 divisi

Ain, silabar ain (2013) 20′
cl, 5sax, 5trp, 5trb, tba, e-gt, b-gt, pf, 2perc (I: fully notated score; II: open score for improv)

Roseherte (2008; 2014) 15′
3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, 4perc, cel, pf, arp, str 16-14-12-10-8, electronic sounds (version for symphony orchestra, 2008)
2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-1, 2perc, pf, arp, strings 6-6-4-4-2 divisi, electronic sounds (version for orchestra, 2014)

Platonic ID (2006) 18′
picc, fl, cl, bcl, pf 4-hands, 2vln, 2va, 2vc, cb (or with a string orchestra)

Book of mirrors (film: Joost Rekveld; 2001) 11′
fl, ob, cl, fg, cor, trp, trb, arp, e-gt, pf, 2perc, 2vln, 2va, 2vc, cb

 

Music for ensemble (4-14 musicians)

• parallel world and sea (2017-18) 25′
i. parallel world [breathing]
ii. parallel sea [to the lighthouse]
fl, cl, cor, trp, 2arp, 2perc, vln, va, vc, cb, electronic sounds

• parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) 12′
fl, cl, cor, trp, 2arp, 2perc, vln, va, vc, cb, electronic sounds

• parallel world [breathing] (2017) 13′
fl, cl, 2arp, perc, vln, va, vc, electronic sounds

Nadir (2014) 20′
2vln, va, vc, electronic sounds

Arbre généalogique (music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; 2011) 22′
fl/afl, ob/ca, cl/bcl, fg/cfg, cor, perc, pf, sop, 2vl, va, vc, cb, electronic sounds

Zenit (2010) 15′
2vln, va, vc

Venus [evening star] [invisible] [morming star] (2010) 20′
6perc (vibraphones, crotales, bell plates, bowed cymbals, sixxen), 6 channel electronic sounds

Little whale and the ice (2010) 13′
fl, fl/afl, cl/bcl, asax/ssax, bsax/asax, cor, trp, 2trb, tba, perc, pf, e-git, b-git

• a-book-of-light (2003) 17′
fl, ob, cl, cor, trp, pf, perc, vln, va, vc, cb, electronic sounds

Sacro Monte (1997) 11′
fl, cl, cor, perc, pf, 2vln, va, vc, cb

 

Chamber music (1-3 musicians)

• meditations (2017) 12′
i. on continuity
ii. on repetition
iii. on tenderness
iv. on lines
v. on imitation
pf, electronic sounds

On Tenderness (2017) 7′
pf, electronic sounds

Infinity Stairs (2014) 10′
fl, bcl, e-gt, electronic sounds

article 8 [infinity] (2014) 11′
fl, electronic sounds

article 6 [six waves] (2013) 10′
e-gt, electronic sounds

article 7 [seven ways to climb a mountain] (2012) 13′
bcl, electronic sounds

article 5 [dolphin, curved time] (music, text: Rozalie Hirs; 2008) 8′
sop

article 4 [map butterfly] (2004) 10′
vln (va)

article 1 to 3 [the] [aleph] [a] (2003) 12′
pf

article 0 [transarctic buddha] (2000) 8′
perc (vibraphone, cowbells or thai gongs, crotales, 23 pitched stone slabs)

 

Vocal music, based on own poetry

Atlantis ampersand (music, text: Rozalie Hirs; 2015) 22′
2fl, cl, bcl, cfg, cor, trp, trb, acc, 2perc, pf, 8-part soloists’ choir 2-2-2-2 (or choir 32 voices minimum), 2vln, va, vc, cb, electronic sounds

• Three songs for Curvices: Proofs of Love, Words roll into brightness, This singing of tongues (English; 2013) 8′
voice, e-gt, b-gt, drums

Arbre généalogique (French; translation: Henri Deluy; 2011) 22′
fl/afl, ob/ca, cl/bcl, fg/cfg, cor, perc, pf, sop, 2vl, va, vc, cb, electronic sounds

article 5 [dolphin, curved time] (Dutch or English; English translation: Willem Groenewegen; 2008) 8′
sop
 

Music with spoken voice, based on own poetry

Tijd en sintel (Dutch or English; English translation: Mia You; 2016) 8′
spoken voice, 31-tone organ & electronic sounds

In state of [war] (Dutch; 2013) 8′
12 spoken voices

• Seven tracks for Curvices: Six destinations, Aurora borealis, Ladders of escape, Too many snakes here, Climbing a small rock, Substance of memory, Lines of moving about desert, salt water, cities (English; 2013) 21′
spoken voice, electroacoustic & electronic sounds

Bridge of Babel (multilingual; 2009) 7′
spoken voice, electronic sounds

Curved space (Dutch or English; English translation: Donald Gardner; 2009) 27′
spoken voice, fl, bcl/cbcl, try/lapsteel gt, pf, cb, live electronics

Poetry pieces I-III [heaven bleak, dolphin, family tree] (Dutch or English or German; English translations: Willem Groenewegen, Donald Gardner; 2008) 5′
spoken voice, soundtrack

Pulsars movement IV (English: 2007) 6′
spoken voice, prerecorded voices, electroacoustic soundtrack

Vlinders, gras (Dutch: 2007) 5′
4 spoken voices

Aan de zon, de wereld (Dutch; 2006) 11′
spoken voice, electroacoustic soundtrack

Van het wonder is woord (Dutch; 2005) 3′
spoken voice, prerecorded voices, electronic sounds

Klangtext, Textklang (German; music: Rozalie Hirs, James Fei; 2004) 27′
spoken voice, live analogue electronics (open score for improv)

A throwaway coincidence that determined everything (English/multilingual; film: Paul Leyton; 2004) 2′
spoken voices, soundtrack for film

In LA (Dutch, 2003; English, 2010) 18′
6 spoken voices

 

Electroacoustic or electronic music

Luisterhuis (2017) 37′
electroacoustic composition for architectural installation sculpture (design: M3H architecten)

• Hilbert’s Hotel (2015) 8′
31-tone MIDI controlled player organ, electronic sounds

Interlude for Curvices (2013) 18′
electroacoustic

Pulsars movements I-III, V (2007) 22′
electroacoustic

Geluksbrenger (2010) 10′
electronic music for website

For Morton Feldman (2000) 12′
electroacoustic

Works of Youth

The following music compositions composed during the 1990s and the early 2000s can be regarded as mere works of youth:

Source of Blue (2005) 5′
spoken voice, pf

Ton luxiert (2003) 6′
electroacoustic

Noise~ (2001) 10′
electroacoustic

Dog Making Kit (English; poem: Anne Elliott; music: Rozalie Hirs; 2000) 6’15
electroacoustic

Puppy (English; poem: Anne Elliott; music: Rozalie Hirs; 2000) 5’00
sop, pf, vc
(Dog Making Kit and Puppy were composed as a diptych, to be performed attacca)

The Sea (English; music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; 1999) 3′
voice, soundtrack

Aquarium (Dutch; music, poem, film: Rozalie Hirs; mime: Simone de Jong; camera: Onno van Dodewaard; 1999) 6′
spoken voice, electroacoustic soundtrack

Meridian (1998) 8′
orchestra

Well (English; music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; 1998) 8′
voice, asax, pf, per, cb

Wel gek (Dutch; music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; 1998) 7′
children’s choir, baroque ensemble

Myth of Er (English; music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; film: Martin Putto, Rozalie Hirs; 1996) 6′
voice, 2perc, 2vln, 2vc

Invisible Self (1996) 13′
3trp, 3trb, pf, b-gt

Schizofonia (1996) 7′
electroacoustic

Song for Cathy (English; poem: T.S. Eliot (selected from: Four Quartets); 1995) 2′
voice, 4vc

Yliaster (1995) 13′
pf, vln

Slaaplied voor een duivel (Dutch; music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; 1994) 2′
spoken voice, music box

Pamwe (1994) 12′
tsax, 2perc

Die Parke (German; poem: Rainer Maria Rilke; 1993) 6′
sop, mezzosop, alto

Lied van de bosgeesten (Dutch; music, poem: Rozalie Hirs; 1992) 5′
children’s choir, pf, perc

Oker (1992) 8′
ensemble

Atrium Vestae (1991) 2′
2vln, va, vc

Pietá (German; poem: Rainer Maria Rilke; 1991) 1′
2 low female voices

Als kind wist ik in te zullen slapen (1991) 2′
2vln, va (or: vln, 3 low female voices)


2017-10-08

Poem of the day at Fixpoetry

Today the poem ‘der tag rollt auf die Strasse’, translated into German by Rozalie Hirs and Daniela Seel, is Poem of the Day/Text des Tages at Fixpoetry. It was selected from Rozalie Hirs’ new multilingual book gestammelte werke (Berlin: kookbooks, 2017). On Fixpoetry you can also read the wonderful review Polyphone Bedeutungsströme by Marcus Neuert about the new book.


2017-10-07

In Science Park

It was a wonderful premiere concert of parallel world [breathing] by eight soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra at Science Park today. Thanks to Alexander de Blaeij (conductor), Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Petra van der Heide (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello), and Chris Weeda (sound diffusion)! Here is a photograph by Machiel Spaan of the event.

Looking forward to the next concert of this new work during the Late Night of Horizon Series at Koorzaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on 19 October 2017 at 22:15 CET. It would be great to see you there!


2017-10-07

parallel world [breathing] (2017) – world premiere

171007-deeltjesverneller-cern-rozalie-hirsOn 7 October 2017 soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra perform three concerts of ‘parallel world [breathing]’ for flute, clarinet, percussion, 2 harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs.

The concerts take place in the Brain Wave Pavilion (located in the entrance hall in the main building at Science Park) throughout the afternoon, at 12:30, 14:30, and 16:00 respectively. These free performances are part of the ‘Open Dag’ at Amsterdam Science Park, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who perform the work, are Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

The new work by Rozalie Hirs is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

(photograph: 6 October 2017, rehearsal at Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
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* Sandrine Chatron is principal harpist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Date: 2017-10-07
Time: 12:30; 14:30; 16:00 (three concerts)
Location: Science Park, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Performers: Soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra

2017-10-07

World premiere of parallel world [breathing] (2017) – welcome!

Today, on 7 October 2017 soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra perform three concerts of ‘parallel world [breathing]’ for flute, clarinet, percussion, 2 harps, violin, viola, cello, and electronic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs. Welcome!

The concerts take place in the Brain Wave Pavilion (located in the entrance hall in the main building at Science Park) throughout the afternoon, at 12:30, 14:30, and 16:00 respectively. These free performances are part of the ‘Open Dag’ at Amsterdam Science Park, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The soloists of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who perform the work, are Emily Beynon (flute), Hein Wiedijk (clarinet), Petra van der Heide (harp), Sandrine Chatron (harp), Mark Braafhart (percussion), Marijn Mijnders (violin), Frederik Boits (viola), Honorine Schaeffer (cello). Conductor: Alexander de Blaeij.

The new work by Rozalie Hirs is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund.

(photograph: 6 October 2017, rehearsal at Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).


2017-10-01

Hilbert’s Hotel (2015)

On 1 October 2017 at 11:00 CET the Huygens-Fokker Foundation, Center for Microtonal Music, presents the concert program Fokker organ XL for the 31-tone tempered Fokker organ at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The program also features Rozalie Hirs’s composition Hilbert’s Hotel for microtonal organ and electronic sounds (2015), commissioned by Huygens-Fokker Foundation.

Special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider.

concert program
Christina Viola Oorebeek – Speed Loops (medium slow, shifting)
Théodore Dubois – Cantilène religieuse, Marcietta
Jukka Tiensuu – Fantango
Rozalie Hirs – Hilbert’s Hotel
Lauri Supponen – Spring scram
Jean Langlais – Pasticcio
Adolf Friedrich Hesse – Fantasia in d op. 87

Date: 2017-10-01
Time: 11:00 CET
Location: Kleine zaal, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade, Amsterdam, The Netherlands