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3e Strijkkwartet (Fantasia tropica) op. 30

By Géza Frid

Chamber music
String Quartet (2 violins, viola, cello) (2vl vla vc)
14 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 304/046
published score
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La sera
La notte
Il giorno
La sera

Commissioned by the ‘Minister van Onderwijs, Kunst en Wetenschappen’.

Awarded the 3rd prize at the Intern. Kwartet Concours 1951 (Luik)

Gebaseerd op twee Indonesische volksmelodieën: Katjang boentjes en Dongèng-liedje.

Thonon les Bains


About Géza Frid

Géza Frid

The Hungarian Géza Frid was one of the key figures in the post-war Dutch music world. To escape the dictatorship of his country of origin, he fled to the Netherlands in 1927. He always remained true to the musical language of his roots. As of 1941, Frid as a stateless Jew, was prohibited from performing in public. He became involved in illegal activities and the artists' resistance movement, and it's a miracle he survived the war. After the liberation, he resumed his life as an artist. For years he was one of the most frequently performed composers in the Netherlands. Since the turn of the twentieth century there was even a sort of “Frid-Renaissance.”

by Arthur Frid