Rozalie Hirs

On Tenderness (2017)

On Tenderness for solo piano and electroacoustic sounds (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is a tender exploration of sound and touch.


Contents

1. Listen
2. Program notes
3. Technical details
4. Performances

Listen

An excerpt of the premiere recording will be published soon.

Program notes

On Tenderness for solo piano and electroacoustic sounds (2017) is a tender exploration of sound and touch. The pianist walks her or his hands through several harmonic fields spanning either parts or the entire register of the piano. The harmonic fields are reinforced through the simultaneous appearances of electroacoustic sounds, triggered by the pianist with help of a MIDI pedal. The sounds were recorded inside the piano, in close proximity to the strings, allowing for the listener to partake in the inner resonance and interference of each harmonic field, and thus witness its sustain and decay in more detail. The pianist animates the appearance and ceasing of the sounds in larger gestures, amplifying, and interpreting them in an ongoing dialogue.

On Tenderness (2017) was composed by Rozalie Hirs to be premiered by Megumi Masaki, at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, on 14 February 2017. Masaki also played the try-out of the composition at the Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, on 2 December 2016. On Tenderness is dedicated to the Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain aka Sleeping Buffalo.

The composition was researched and composed during Hirs’ residency at the Banff Centre with the generous support of Banff Centre Artists’ Award. The sounds were recorded by Hirs on a Steinway concert grand piano at the Rolston Recital Hall and on a Yamaha baby grand piano at the Rice Studio, Banff Centre. With special thanks to Stuart Bremner for technical support, and to Bert Picknell and Mark Cramer for piano tuning and advice.

Technical details

duration
7′ ca.

instrumentation
piano
midi pedal & laptop with the Max stand alone player installed (to be obtained through the composer or Donemus Publishing)

The electronic sounds are custom-made sounds by Rozalie Hirs for the composition On Tenderness, and are to be used only and exclusively during concert performance of that composition. ©2016-17 Rozalie Hirs, all rights reserved.

dedication
On Tenderness is dedicated to the Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain aka Sleeping Buffalo (honoring the sacred grounds of the Stoney Nakoda, on which the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has been built).

further technical requirements
1.) Max standalone player installed on the above mentioned laptop
2.) Amplifier and mixer in the concert hall
3.) Stereo loudspeakers, to be placed next to or near the piano on the podium

Performances

14 February 2017, 20:00, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada, Megumi Masaki (piano)
14 March 2017, 19:00, Edmonton New Music Festival, Edmonton, Mikolaj Warszynski (piano) or Zuzana Simurdova (piano)