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String trio

By Zoltán Székely

Chamber music
String Trio (violin, viola, cello) (vl vla vc)
33 minutes
published score
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Zoltán Kodály


vonós hármasa op. 2

Moderato - Vivace ma non troppo - Moderato, poco adagio - Allegro vivace


On a spring afternoon in 1918, Hermann was on the same tram back home as Zoltán Kodály, a teacher who was just ten years his senior. Paul carried a string trio composed by his friend Zoltán Székely. Hanging out through the open window he spoke with Kodály. When they came to a stop, Hermann started to whistle a section from the piece. Just before getting off the tram, he impulsively handed Kodály the score. This must have made an impression; shortly thereafter, Székely and Hermann were invited to Kodály's home, started to study with him and it was the beginning of a mutual friendship.

First performance

Mar 17, 2014 Uilenburg Concert 'Three Hungarian Friends' - Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam. Performed by Jacques Thibaud String Trio: Burkhard Maiss (violin), Hannah Strijbos (viola) and Bogdan Jianu (cello)

About Zoltán Székely

Zoltán Székely

Venice, September 4, 1925. At the third festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music, a young Hungarian violinist presented his own Sonata for Solo Violin. The response to his performance was overwhelming: thunderous applause from the audience, praise from colleagues and rave reviews from the international press. A splendid success for the young violinist and composer Zoltán Székely. Present in the audience was his future wife, Igminia (Mientje) Everts from Nijmegen. She recalled the impassioned response from the public: “I have seen with my own eyes Stravinsky and Schoenberg standing on their chairs in the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice to applaud Zoltán’s performance of his Solo Sonata!”

by Joop Leijendeckers