Forbidden Music Regained

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Ballade voor gemengd koor, strijkorkest, piano quatre-mains en slagwerk op. 71a

By Géza Frid

Vocal music
Mixed choir and orchestra (SATB perc pf4h str)
13 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 304/143-2
published score
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Words by Jan Slauerhoff

Another version exists for mixed choir and wind orchestra (opus 71)

First performance

Jan 25, 1969 Amsterdam - Shellkoor Rotterdam, Kunstmaandorkest, Géza Frid en Stanley Hoogland, o.l.v. Anton Kersjes

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