Rozalie Hirs

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2019/05/25

parallel world and sea (2017-18)

On Saturday 25 May 2019 at 13:00 CET at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, ASKO|Schönberg honours Louis Andriessen as a pedagogue by playing new works by four of his former students, Mary Finsterer, Pete Harden, Martijn Padding, and Rozalie Hirs. The concert programme is entitled Ter ere/ In honour.

concert programme
Mary Finsterer – New work (world premiere)
Rozalie Hirs – parallel world and sea (2017-18)
Pete Harden – At Pappa’s Altar
Martijn Padding – Last Words

The concert is part of the Andriessen Festival at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, taking place from 23-26 May 2019.


2018/07/14

Guest at Matinee Café, NTR

On 14 July 2018 from 16:25 until 17:30 Rozalie Hirs is a guest at Matinee Cafe, NTR Radio 4 (Dutch National Radio). Hans Haffmans interviews Hirs on her music and poetry. Haffmans and Hirs also speak about musical ideas, influences, inspirations, as well as the new work for Musikfabrik, a commission by Zaterdagmatinee, to be premiered on 18 May 2019. The editor of the program is Myrthe van Dijk. The full playlist of Hirs’ works is shown below.
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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.


2018/05/12

Picknick with the newspaper in the grass

Just received this fun picture, taken by a friend who is having breakfast in the grass. And who came across an interview annex preview by Joep Stapel in the daily Dutch newspaper NRC: “My music flows, intuitively, quietly”.

Earlier this week the same article has also appeared online NRC online under the title ‘Inspiration is the space where new things emerge’. Read it here. Or download the [PDF].


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).


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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