Rozalie Hirs

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2019/09/09

article 4 [map butterfly], The Wallis, Los Angeles, US

On 21 and 22 May 2020 the New York-based violinist Miranda Cuckson plays her production folds, a production drawing threads among women composers from around the world and across the centuries. The location is The Wallis (Lovelace Studio Theatre), Los Angeles, United States. The production, developed in collaboration with Katharina Rosenberger, and National Sawdust, New York, features works by Katharina Rosenberger, Liza Lim, Aida Shirazi, Barbara Strozzi, Rozalie Hirs, and others. Part of the production is article 4 [map butterfly] (2004) by Hirs.

folds presents a sensory journey from the present to the past, engaging with the voices of other artists and bringing the ephemeral nature of sound and thought into dialogue with the tangible world. An array of paper objects — sculptures, manuscripts, scraps woven between the strings of the violin — highlights the importance of capturing the art and thought of past centuries. These traces of our physical world further serve as an impulse to reflect on our current dependency on the digital and virtual realms.


2019/01/22

article 4 [map – la carte géographique – landkaartje] (2004)

Contents

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

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Program notes

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.

Technical details

commission
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.

instrumentation
violin solo (2004)
version for viola solo (2005; dedicated to Elisabeth Smalt)

duration
10’30 ca.

dedication
To Anna McMichael, Queen of Diamonds

publisher
Deuss Music (since 2019)

Performances

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)


2018/05/01

Platonic ID (2007) [another review by Siebe Riedstra]

The critic Siebe Riedstra just has sent me a to an updated review of my CD Platonic ID (2007), performed by ASKO|Schönberg. This review originally apppeared in the magazine Tijdschrift Luister; it was slightly revised and can now be read online Opus Klassiek. Thank you, Siebe Riedstra!
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2017/06/28

article 4 [map butterfly] (2004) – Finnish premiere

On 28 June 2017 the Avanti! Quartet and John Storgårds (violin) open the Avanti! Summer Sounds Festival in the pitoresque church of Pernaja, one hour from Helsinki. The concert, curated by Lotta Wennäkoski, this year’s festival composer, consists of works by Xenakis, Trbojevic, Ravel, and Hirs.

Programme
Iannis Xenakis – Ikhoor for string trio
Jovanka Trbojevic – Oro for string quartet
Rozalie Hirs – article 4 [map butterfly] for solo violin Finnish premiere
Maurice Ravel – Sonata for violin and cello


2015/04/21

Nieuw Amsterdams Peil: Rozalie Hirs

Ensemble NAP (photograph: Pietro Cinotti, 2010)

On 21 April 2015 in De Link, Tilburg, The Netherlands, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil and Rozalie Hirs are performing a program with works by Hirs, some of her musical heroes, and one of her former students. The musicians are Heleen Hulst (violin), Gerard Bouwhuis (piano), Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (clarinet), Mick Stirling (cello), Arne Bock (sound projection), and Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice).

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2015/04/18

Portrait concert, Mills College, United States

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On 18 April 2015 at 20:00 PST Mills Performing Group (MPG), founded in 1963 by Darius Milhaud, Luciano Berio, and Morton Subotnick, will perform works by Hirs during Mills Music Now at Mills College, Oakland, California. Furthermore on the progam will be a new work co-composed and performed by James Fei (live electronics) and Rozalie Hirs (spoken voice, electronic sounds).

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2012/03/18

article 4

Heleen Hulst

On March 18, 2012, the composition article 4 (2004) by Rozalie Hirs is performed by violinist and violist Heleen Hulst at Stichting Drie plus Twee, Utrecht.


2010/05/03

article 4

100503 MarkMenzies

On May 3, 2010, the musical composition article 4 (2004) by Rozalie Hirs is performed by violinist Mark Menzies at the Department of Music of the University of California at Santa Barbara, United States.


2008/05/26

article 4 [map butterfly]

European Map Butterfly

On May 26, 2008, the musical composition article 4 [map butterfly] (2004) by Rozalie Hirs is performed by Carmel Raz as part of Musica Nova at the Felicjia Blumental Music Center, Tel Aviv, Israël.



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