SAINT JOHANNA
Radio France 1989
Radio inside a Violin: A gift to Jon Rose by the marketing department of WDR Cologne
  • Produced in 1989 at Le Confort Modern, Poitiers, for Fazette Bordage; edited at Radio France.
  • Text, music, MIDI programming, by Jon Rose.
  • Shelley Hirsch - voice, Peter Hollinger - drums.
  • Local cast of footballers and choirboys
  • Later exposed by Kaye Mortley at Radio France (where it had been gathering dust)

A tale of two heroines, both with the same name, both play the violin, both sing, both engaged in battle with the English; one is a Joan of Arc figure from the 14th century and the other is a new wave rock star from the 1980's. The earlier one is probably the most significant, as she references a football match played in 1381... "only used to playing with one ball, the invaders became disorientated when the French started kicking 100s of balls at them, believing the French army to be 22 times as big as it actually was". She seems to have been responsible also for the phrase "The English are coming", used by French women to this day to describe their monthly cycles.

What's New

June 2021
'Figures of Eight' - a work from 1974, updated, and given a thrilling performance by violinist Emma Roijackers.
Haarlem Lichtfabriek, Holland
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my new double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
September 2021
'Corrugations' heralds a new music series starting in Alice Springs - we just moved into a new house here big enough to hold the Rosenberg Museum and performances.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
September 2021 - delayed Premiere
Jon is currently composing 'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. The work is inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA
Brno, Czech Republic
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