7 May 2023. bee sage (2023) is a new composition by Rozalie Hirs for cello and (contra) bass clarinet. The new duo was composed at the kind request of cellist Katharina Gross and bass clarinetist Fie Schouten. The first performances by Gross and Schouten of bee sage (2023) are scheduled in the Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, and Austria during the 2023/24 season.

The title of the new work refers to the botanical name Salvia apiana (English: white sage, bee sage, or sacred sage; Deutsch: Wei├čer Salbei). The new duo is based on Hirs’ composition article 10 [prismes] (2021) for solo cello, a commission by Radio France for the French cellist Marie Ythier. More info will follow soon.