Rozalie Hirs

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2018/03/14

A sorcerer’s apprentice

The new season 2018/19 of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ is now online. It is quite wonderful (and moving) to be included with a new piece for Asko|Schönberg in the concert Sorcerer’s Apprentices, honoring Louis Andriessen as a professor of composition. The concert, featuring three of his former students, is part of the Andriessen Festival celebrating his 80th birthday (photograph: Marco Borggreve).


2015/09/07

New sounds in the cloud: In LA (2003, 2010 English version)

The electroacoustic composition In LA (2003, 2010 English version) by Rozalie Hirs, based on her own poetry, in a performance by Arnold Marinissen, is now on SoundCloud. In LA (2003, Dutch version) was composed as a portrait of the composer Louis Andriessen and is dedicated to him. The text is based on an interview with Andriessen that Hirs conducted in 2003 inquiring after his first memories. In 2010 Hirs translated the piece into English. In LA (2003, 2010) is inspired by the psychoacoustic Cocktail Party Effect, which was taken as a metaphor for the act of remembering, for ‘hearing’ a particular stream of memories within a cacophony of competing memories during its emergence into consciousness. In LA is the second track on the portrait CD Pulsars (Amsterdam: Attacca Productions, 2010) featuring Hirs’ electroacoustic compositions and poetry.


2014/04/09

Round table discussion moderated by Lex Bohlmeijer

Louis Andriessen and Mariss Jansons during the rehearsal of 'Mysteriën'On 9 April 2014 is the offical first screening of Imperfect harmony, the new documentary by Carmen Cobos about the music composition Mysteriën by Louis Andriessen, at Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Afterwards a round table discussion takes place moderated by Lex Bohlmeijer. The guests are Neil Wallace (artistic director De Doelen & Red Sofa concertseries), Hans Leenders (conductor), Yannick Hiwatt (jazz violinist, composer), Florian Maier (composer), and Rozalie Hirs (composer).


1998/12/11

Sacro Monte (1997, CD 1999)

Contents

1. Program notes, review
2. Sound recording
3. Technical details
4. Past performances

Program notes

Sacro Monte was commissioned by La Nuova Arca, Turin, for the concert series ‘Il Suono dei Parchi’ by the ensemble Antidogma, touring seven natural reserves in Piemonte, northern Italy, in the fall of 1997. Seven composers, hailing from England, Italy, France and the Netherlands, each wrote one piece as a musical reaction to their stay earlier that year in one of these reserves. The reserve that Rozalie Hirs visited was the Sacro Monte di Varallo Sesia, a pilgrimage site on top of a mountain, which includes a path with countless little shrines, inhabited by life-size terracotta statues.

The composition Sacro Monte is a slow and contemplative work, meant to be performed in the basilica on top of the mountain. The ensemble plays long sustained, delicate chords, interspersed with pizzicati in the strings. Piano, glockenspiel and vibraphone occupy a central position with a continuously varying motive that is characterized by large intervallic leaps. Halfway through the piece, the violin takes the initiative with a solo, which is constructed from fast, high figures, as if you are staring at a static mountainous landscape, when suddenly a solitary cyclist passes by.

Sound recording

Technical details

instrumentation
flute
clarinet
French horn
percussion
piano
violin 1
violin 2
viola
cello
double bass

dedication
The composition Sacro Monte (1997) is dedicated to Yannis Kyriakides.

duration
10′ ca.

Past performances

10 November 2011, 12:30, Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 3, Eindhoven, The Netherlands – F.C. Jongbloed, Arnold Marinissen (conductor)

9 November 2011, 12:30, November Music, MC De Toonzaal, Den Bosch, The Netherlands – F.C. Jongbloed, Arnold Marinissen (conductor)

3 November 2011, 12:30, Conservatoriumzaal, Fontys Conservatorium, Zwijsenplein 1, Tilburg, The Netherlands – F.C. Jongbloed, Arnold Marinissen (conductor)

15 September 2007, 20:00, Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, Dresden, Germany – Ensemble Courage, Titus Engel (conductor)

10 April, 2007, 19:00, Konsertti Aboa Nova III, Sigyn-sali, Turku Music Academy, Finland – Musiikkiakatemia NYTT! Ensemble, Erkki Lahesmaa (conductor)

26 January 2003, 20:30, Holland Amerika Lijn, De Witte Dame, Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Ives Ensemble

23 January 2003, 20:30, Holland Amerika Lijn, De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ives Ensemble

19 January 2003, 15:00, Holland Amerika Lijn, Theater Romein, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands – Ives Ensemble

17 January 2003, 20:30, Holland Amerika Lijn, Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam. The Netherlands – Ives Ensemble

20 February 2000, 20:00, Columbia Composers‘ Concert, Miller Theater, New York, United States – Columbia Composers Ensemble, J.D. Hixson (conductor)

3 November 1999, (CD recording) Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, The Netherlands – Ives Ensemble

24 April 1999, 20:00, Concert IX, Concerten Tot En Met, Posthoornkerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ensemble Insomnio

5 October 1997, 21:00, Il Suono dei Parchi, Parco Valgrande, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Italy – Antidogma Musica, Raffaele Mascolo (conductor)

4 October 1997, 21:00, Il Suono dei Parchi, Parco Fluviale del Po e dell’Orba, Alessandria, Italy – Antidogma Musica, Raffaele Mascolo (conductor)

3 October 1997, 21:00, Il Suono dei Parchi, Basilica Sacro Monte, Parco Sacro Monte di Varallo Sesia, Vercelli, Italy – Antidogma Musica, Raffaele Mascolo (conductor)

2 October 1997, 21:00, Il Suono dei Parchi, Parco La Mandria, Torino, Italy – Antidogma Musica, Raffaele Mascolo (conductor)

30 September 1997, 21:00, Il Suono dei Parchi, Parco Sacro Monte di Orta, Novara, Italy – Antidogma Musica, Raffaele Mascolo (conductor)

29 September 1997, 21:00, Il Suono dei Parchi, Parco Burcina, Bessi, Biella, Italy – Antidogma Musica, Raffaele Mascolo (conductor)

28 September 1997, 21:00, Il Suono dei Parchi, Auditorium del Centro Giovani, Via Goltieri 3, Asti, Italy – Antidogma Musica, Raffaele Mascolo (conductor)



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