article 1 to 3 for solo piano (2003) by Rozalie Hirs investigates the resonance properties of the grand piano, its body, and strings. It consists of three movements, [the], [aleph], and [a] respectively. The first movement [the] serves as an opening, emerging from the depths of the piano register. The center movement [aleph] is a meditation on the relative positioning of the piano keys, and on weightlessness. The large, virtuoso leaps render a light, transparent character, that offers space for reflection. The third movement [a] serves as an after-thought, exploring the possibilities of fireworks in the higher piano register. [a] employs an impressionistic piano technique and lyricism, that is reminiscent of Feux d’Artifice (Préludes book II) by Claude Debussy.
Logos, Rozalie Hirs’ second collection of poems, has the reader traveling through the human body. Inside the book there is an anatomical drawing, made by artist Noëlle von Eugen, by which the reader can navigate through the collection. The ‘logos’ of the title might refer to the laws of the body, of thought, the imagination, and the word. In the many love poems, the beloved turns out to be a human being of flesh and blood, and at the same time, language.
Rozalie Hirs – info Born 7 April 1965, Gouda Nationality Netherlands Profession composer, poet Lives in Amsterdam Books Locus (1998), Logos (2002), [Speling] (2005), Geluksbrenger (2008), gestamelde werken (2012), Curvices and Musicles (2013), život mogućnosti (2014), ein tag (2014), gestammelte werke (2017), verdere bijzonderheden (2017), ein tag, ahora es una […]
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Contents 1. Program notes, review 2. Listen 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 […]
In her first collection, Locus, Rozalie Hirs plays with identities. The poems are new monologues by characters from Greek mythology, philosophy, the Christian tradition, theatre plays, and films. Hirs presents her archetypical characters in critical situations and lets them tell their version of the story. Most of these poems deal with taking decisions, and with the ambiguity of situations in which we find ourselves in the world.