Rozalie Hirs

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2019/05/25

In honor of Louis Andriessen – invitation

You are cordially invited to today’s concert Ter ere/ In honour. On Saturday 25 May 2019 at 13:00 CET at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, ASKO|Schönberg honours Louis Andriessen as a pedagogue by playing recent works by four of his former students, Mary Finsterer, Pete Harden, Martijn Padding, and Rozalie Hirs. The concert is conducted by his best friend and co-revolutionary Reinbert de Leeuw (both are in the above picture, together with, among others, Peter Schat and Misha Mengelberg).

concert programme
Rozalie Hirs – parallel world and sea (2017-18)
Mary Finsterer – And the sun will rise (world premiere; 2019)
Pete Harden – At Pappa’s Altar (2018)
Martijn Padding – Last Words (2010)

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parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs consists of the following two movements:

i. parallel world [breathing] (2017)
commissioned by the University of Amsterdam & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

ii. parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018)
commissioned by ASKO|Schönberg

The work, composed with support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund, is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, 2 harps, 2 percussionists, electronic sounds, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The harpists Ernestine Stoop and Zoë Knoop act as soloists during the performance. Arne Bock is the sound master.


2018/05/13

parallel world and sea (2017-18)

On 13 May 2018 at 20:30 CET ASKO|Schönberg and Etienne Siebens (conductor) perform the new double harp concerto parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs during the concert series Obsessions at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The harpists Ernestine Stoop and Godelieve Schrama act as soloists during the performance. The concert is preceded by an interview with Rozalie Hirs about her musical obsessions, as well as a reading of her poems.

parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs so far consists of the following two movements:

i. parallel world [breathing] (2017)
commissioned by the University of Amsterdam & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

ii. parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018)
commissioned by ASKO|Schönberg

The new work, composed with support from the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund, is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, 2 harps, 2 percussionists, electronic sounds, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Earlier on 13 May 2018 at 15:30 CET the cycle parallel world and sea is also performed during the Dutch Harp Festival at Tivoli|Vredenburg. The score of parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.


2018/05/13

parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) – world premiere

On 13 May 2018 at 15:30 CET ASKO|Schönberg and Etienne Siebens (conductor) present the world premiere of parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) by Rozalie Hirs during the fifth anniversary edition of the Dutch Harp Festival at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018), commissioned by ASKO|Schönberg with support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, 2 harps, 2 percussionists, electronic sounds, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

During the concert the new work is preceded by Hirs’ recent parallel world [breathing] (2017), commissioned by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam. The harpists Ernestine Stoop and Godelieve Schrama act as soloists during both performances.

In the evening of 13 May 2018 at 20:30 CET the cycle parallel world and sea is also performed during the concert Obsessions #1 at Tivoli|Vredenburg (Hertz Hall). The score of parallel world and sea (2017-18) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.


2018/04/06

parallel sea [to the lighthouse]

The new composition parallel sea [to the lighthouse] for twelve instruments and electronic sounds (2018) is completed. I feel deeply grateful for the commission by ASKO|Schönberg and its artistic director Fedor Teunisse, the support of the Performing Arts Fund, The Netherlands, as well as the artist-in-residence at Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, France. The score of parallel sea [to the lighthouse] (2018) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

At Maison Dora Maar a most wonderful mistral-filled month of March was spent. The picture on the left shows the view from my window in the artist’s studio where I worked many hours a day on the new work. The picture below depicts an almond tree fiercely blossoming on top of the hill at Lacoste, one of the neighboring villages of Ménerbes.


2017/10/20

parallel world [breathing] (2017), 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. The score of parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Download program booklet [PDF]


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. The score of parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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. Download program booklet [PDF]

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


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.

parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is a co-commission of Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund. The score is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

(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


2017/10/07

parallel world [breathing] (2017) – world premiere, invitation

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.

parallel world [breathing] (2017) by Rozalie Hirs was co-commissioned by Concertgebouw Orchestra and the University of Amsterdam with financial support of the Netherlands Performing Arts Fund. The score is published by Deuss Music, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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


2017/08/11

At MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire

Feeling grateful for the quiet composing surroundings of MacDowell Colony these weeks. It made me realize to have never experienced the real surround sound of rain or rustling leaves to this extend. At night. During work in a house with windows opening in all directions, and surrounded by trees only. With just chickens and solar panels in the distance.

This little house in the woods, the Delta Omicron Studio, was originally built in 1927 and has recently been completely stripped, insulated, and renovated. It looks like a house from a fairy tale, doesn’t it? Also, Willard Pond is like a dream for a city creature like me. We swam across to the other side to pick a few wild blueberries.

And yes, as deadlines are approaching, I find myself working on finishing a chamber composition for Concertgebouw Orchestra (first performances: Science Park, Amsterdam, 7 October; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 19 October). A Dutch poetry manuscript for my publisher Querido, Amsterdam (publication date: 5 December 2017). And piano pieces for Philip Thomas (first performance: November Music, Den Bosch, 12 November 2017). Feeling grateful to be finding new music and poetry here and now.

Will be showing new sketches and musical works, as well as reading poetry, during my open studio this Sunday. Delta Omicron Studio, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Sunday 13 August 2017 2-5PM. Welcome!



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