The composition article 4 [map – la carte géographique – landkaartje] by Rozalie Hirs is inspired by the map (Araschnia Levana), a kind of butterfly that possesses remarkable drawings on its wings, evoking maps of imaginary continents.
article 4 for violin solo (2004) uses the natural harmonics of the violin extensively. The score is notated on two staves, indicating sounding and fingered pitch respectively. The sounding and fingered pitches as well as the pitches of the open strings of the violin together form a virtual resonant space. The fingered pitches can be regarded as a metaphor for the shadows cast on the earth by the map butterfly, mysteriously connecting body, light and movement. In a way, the topography of pitch is mapped during the flight of the butterfly, while revealing the physical properties of the string instrument.
article 4 was commissioned by Concerten Tot en Met (artistic director: Samuel Vriezen). It was composed with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund (FKA Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst) and first performed by Anna McMichael (violin) at Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 1 April 2004.
violin solo (2004)
version for viola solo (2005; dedicated to Elisabeth Smalt)
To Anna McMichael, Queen of Diamonds
Deuss Music (since 2019)
28 June 2017, Avanti! Summer Sounds Festival, Church of Pernaja, Finland – John Storgårds (violin)
21 April 2015, Portrait concert: Rozalie Hirs, De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands – Heleen Hulst (violin)
18 April 2015, Portrait concert: Rozalie Hirs, Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland CA 94613, United States – Hrabba Atladottir (violin)
18 March 2012, Stichting Drie plus Twee, Vergiliuslaan 4 3584 AM, Utrecht, The Netherlands – Heleen Hulst (viola)
3 May 2010, Composition/ Department of Music, MAT/ Media, Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, United States – Mark Menzies (violin)
26 May 2008, Musica Nova, Felicjia Blumental Music Center, Bialik 26, Tel Aviv, Israel – Carmel Raz (violin)
28 November 2005, Dartington College of Arts, England – Elisabeth Smalt (viola)
15 October 2005, UK Microfest 1, Manor Road, Walton-On-Thames, England – Elisabeth Smalt (viola)
1 April 2004, Concert No. 49, Concerten Tot en Met, Bethaniënklooser, Barndesteeg 4b, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Anna McMichael (violin)
Performers: Anna McMichael (violin)
Published on: 1 April 2004