Rozalie Hirs

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2018/06/24

Art and the Evil

On Saturday 23 June 2018 at 16:00 CET the literary magazine De Gids presents its issue Art and the Evil. Maxim Februari, Simone van Saarloos, Arnon Grunberg, Johanna Geels and Bas van Putten contribute essays on the topic. Students of the Amsterdam Conservatoire (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) have composed madrigals, based on brand-new poems on the topic by Martijn Benders, Annemarie Estor, Rozalie Hirs, and Mischa Andriessen. Fiep van Bodegom acts as host of the event. The location is Stadsschouwburg (Rabozaal), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The afternoon event is part of the Holland Festival and as such connected to Gesualdo: an anarchistic quest for the sublime, a series of concerts performed by Nederlands Kamerkoor and De Warme Winkel that week.


2015/09/10

New CD Six by Slagwerk Den Haag

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Delighted that Venus, commissioned by/ dedicated to Slagwerk Den Haag and premiered at Holland Festival 2010, is now available as a recording. Yesterday the brand-new CD by Slagwerk Den Haag Six, with works for percussion sextet, was presented at the opening of Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht. The CD features works by Iannis Xenakis, Peter Adriaansz, Maarten Altena, Luiz Yudo, Tom Johnson, and Rozalie Hirs, as well as a bonus track by Steve Reich. More information on the CD can be found here.


2015/08/26

Venus mission completed

Zaha Hadid's Bach Pavilion; Rozalie Hirs's percussion set up for her composition 'Venus' (2010), Holland Festival, Amsterdam

It’s a delight to have completed the mastering of my composition Venus (2010) together with Guido Tichelman today. It has been a long process. Venus for six percussionists and electronic sounds was commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag for Holland Festival 2010. It was premiered in the Bach Pavilion by Zaha Hadid at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 8 June 2010. Venus is inspired by the pavilion’s loops and twists, and by the sixxen, a set of percussion instruments especially devised for Xenakis’ Pleiades in 1989. The Moebius loop of Hadid’s pavilion reminded me of the trajectory of the planet Venus in the sky as seen from the earth, when compared over the course of many nights.

The recording by Guido Tichelman of the three movements of Venus, [morning star], [invisible], and [evening star], took place at Philipszaal, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in February 2012. The recording was supported by Henk Heuvelmans/ Gaudeamus/ Muziek Centrum Nederland. The second and third movement Venus [invisible] and Venus [evening star] were mixed and mastered in the summer of 2012. The mixing and mastering of the first movement Venus [morning star] has been waiting until the summer of 2015 to be completed.

The brand-new CD of Slagwerk Den Haag, also featuring compositions by Xenakis, Ayres, van Rossum, Adriaansz, Yudo, Johnson, will be presented at the opening concert of Gaudeamus Music Week at Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 9 September 2015. The complete recording of Venus will be posted on Soundcloud soon.


2015/07/30

New sounds in the cloud: Book of Mirrors (2001)

As promised one more earlier music composition: Book of Mirrors (2001) by Rozalie Hirs, commissioned by Asko|Schönberg (formerly known as Asko Ensemble) for Soundscreen at Holland Festival 2001 with financial support by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. The music was especially composed to be played live by nineteen musicians of ASKO|Schönberg and Stefan Asbury (conductor) along with the film #23.2/Book of Mirrors by Joost Rekveld, an abstract film of light diffracting and reflecting via grids and mirrors. The music composition is dedicated to Machiel Spaan.


2015/06/10

Atlantis ampersand named as music highlight in Theaterkrant

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Wonderful review by Pieter Rings in Theaterkrant:

“The highlight of the music takes place right away in the afternoon: the world premiere of Atlantis ampersand by Rozalie Hirs. The sound of the orchestral instruments passes from soft to loud (crescendo), reinforced by an eight part choir. Then the storm ceases (diminuendo) en silence emerges. The stillness is kept for a moment before the sound grows once again, but with new harmonies and tonalities, to then diminish and die out. Again and again. The succession of sound waves crested with song has a soothing effect, almost hypnotising. When in the next movement several waves tumble over one another this soft undulation remains without ever subsiding.”

“Het hoogtepunt van de muziek is er al meteen in de middag: de wereldpremière van Atlantis ampersand door Rozalie Hirs. Het geluid van de instrumenten van het orkest gaat van zacht naar hard (crescendo) waarna een achtkoppig koor er nog een schepje bovenop doet. Hierna gaat de storm weer langzaam liggen (diminuendo) en wordt het weer stil. Dit wordt even vastgehouden en dan begint het geluid weer opnieuw aan te zwengelen, nu met andere akkoorden en toonsoorten, om daarna weer af te nemen en te versterven. Telkens opnieuw. Die opeenvolging van geluidsgolven met de zang als schuimkoppen werkt rustgevend, bijna hypnotiserend. Als in een volgend deel van het stuk de verschillende golven over elkaar heen rollen blijft die rustgevende deining bewaard zonder dat het geheel een branding wordt.”


2015/06/06

Atlantis ampersand – world premiere

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On 6 June 2015, Klangforum Wien, Vokalensemble NOVA, and Enno Poppe (conductor) perform the 25-hour program Urbo Kune at Holland Festival, Amsterdam. Part of the program is Atlantis ampersand, a brand-new work by Rozalie Hirs for eighteen players (2fl, cl, bass cl, cfg, cor, tp, tb, 2perc, pf, acc, midi keyboard, 2vlns, vla, vc, cb), eight singers (2SATB), and electronic sounds, commissioned by Holland Festival. The performance of Hirs’ work takes place at 14:25 CET at the Main Hall of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ.

Special thanks to Casper Schipper for assistance with the sound synthesis in SuperCollider and to Peter Böhm for the sound projection in the hall.

→ Nederlands


2015/04/12

Grant from Performing Arts Fund

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Earlier this week the Dutch Performing Arts Fund announced that Rozalie Hirs is the recipient of a grant for her new composition for Klangforum Wien and Vokalensemble NOVA. The composition will be premiered during Urbo Kune on 6 June 2015 at 14:25 CET in the Main Hall of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The new work (music, text), a commission by Holland Festival, is scored for eighteen players (2fl, cl, bass cl, cfg, cor, tp, tb, 2perc, pf, acc, midi keyboard, 2vlns, vla, vc, cb), eight singers (2SATB), and electronic sounds.


2015/01/28

New composition for Klangforum Wien at Holland Festival 2015

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Delighted to be writing a new piece for Klangforum Wien for their project Urbo Kune at this year’s edition of Holland Festival. The new work (music, text), a commission by Holland Festival, will be scored for eighteen players (2fl, cl, bass cl, cfg, cor, tp, tb, 2perc, pf, acc, midi keyboard, 2vlns, vla, vc, cb), eight singers (2SATB), and electronic sounds.

The world premiere of the new piece will take place on 6 June 2015 at 14:25 CET at the Main Hall of Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


2011/06/21

De genezing van de krekel

Richard Ayres (music), Rozalie Hirs (libretto) Pierre Audi (dramaturgie) The Cricket Recovers, Holland Festival, 2011

On June 19, 20 and 21, 2011, at the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam, the opera The Cricket Recovers (music: Richard Ayres; libretto: Rozalie Hirs, based on the novel of the same title by Toon Tellegen, 2005) is performed as part of the Holland Festival, by Vocaallab and Asko|Schönberg. The production is directed by Pierre Audi.


2010/06/08

Venus

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On June 8, 2010, the three movement percussion ensemble composition Venus (2010) by Rozalie Hirs is premiered as part of the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. The piece was commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag with financial support from the Eduard van Beinum Foundation. Additionally, works were played by Gérard Grisey, Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, Richard Ayres and Abel Paul. There are two performances, at 16:00 and at 20:30. The location is the Bach Pavilion by architect Zahd Hadid, constructed especially for this edition of the Holland Festival at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam.


2010/06/08

Venus – world premiere

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On June 8, 2010, the three movement percussion ensemble composition Venus (2010) by Rozalie Hirs is premiered as part of the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. The piece was commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag with financial support from the Eduard van Beinum Foundation. Additionally, works were played by Gérard Grisey, Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, Richard Ayres and Abel Paul. There are two performances, at 16:00 and at 20:30. The location is the Bach Pavilion by architect Zahd Hadid, constructed especially for this edition of the Holland Festival at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam.



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