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Hymne aan de arbeid voor orkest en mannenkoor op. 32

By Géza Frid

Vocal music
Male choir and orchestra (MK4 3222 4331 timp perc xyl (org ad lib.) str)
16 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 304/145
published score
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Dedicated to the The Hague Philharmonic and their conductor Willem van Otterloo.


Allegro giusto
Poco allegretto
Lento pesante-Andante corrente
Allegro vivace
Allegro giusto

Words by:

Nicolaas Beets
Oskar Blumenthal
Petrus Augustinus de Genestet
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Heinrich Seidel

Commissioned by the Johan Wagenaarstichting

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