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Géza Frid

Géza Frid (January 25 1904, Máramarossziget - September 13 1989, Beverwijk) was a Hungarian/Dutch composer and pianist.

Early years

Géza Frid was born in the Máramaros region of Hungary (now in Romania) and studied piano and composition in Budapest with a.o. Zoltán Kodály and Bela Bartók. He settled in Amsterdam in 1929 and became a Dutch citizen in 1948.

Activities

Frid gave many piano recitals all over the world: Italy (1926, 1955, 1965), Indonesia (1948-1949, 1951, 1956), Siam and Egypt (1951), Israel (1962, 1965, 1967), the Soviet Union, (1963), South- and North-America (1965, 1967), Turkey (1965), The Netherlands (1967), Surinam and the Netherlands Antilles (1970), the United States (1970, 1974), Hungary (1971, 1974). During the Second World War Frid was active in the resistance. He taught chamber music at the Conservatory of Music in Utrecht.

Publications

In 1976 his book Oog in oog met... (Face to face with...Tolstoj, T. Mann, G. Bomans, B. Mussolini, W. Mengelberg, B. Bartok and M. Ravel) was published (publ. Heuff). In 1984 he published his memoirs In 80 jaar de wereld rond (publ. Strengholt). In 1999 Donemus published a brochure (ISBN 90-7460-36-9).

Prizes

In 1949 he received the music prize of the City of Amsterdam for Paradou (fantaisie symphonique), in 1950 the second prize in the Wereldomroep-K.N.T.V.-competition for Variaties op een Nederlands Volkslied (Variations on a Dutch folksong), for choir and orchestra, and in 1951 the third prize at the Concours International pour Quatuor à Cordes for Strijkkwartet III. In 1954 he was awarded the music prize of the City of Amsterdam for Etudes Symphoniques, in 1956 the second prize from the Dutch Government for the Sonate op. 50, for violin and piano, and the fourth prize at the Concours International pour Quatuor à Cordes in Luik for Strijkkwartet IV. In 1990 Frid was awarded posthumous the Bartók prize from the Ferenc Liszt Hochschule in Budapest.

Compact Discs

Releases on CD include Sinfonietta op. 66 (Q Disc Q 97006) and several chamber music compositions (Q Disc Q 87023). On the occasion of his 100th birthday the CD Géza Frid - Choral Works was released (Hungaroton Classic, HCD 32362).

Compositions

Chronological by opus number

  • Op. 1, Trio for Strings for Violin, viola, cello (1926) Donemus
  • Op. 2, String Quartet No. 1 for Two violins, viola, cello (1926) Donemus
  • Op. 3, Podium Suite for Violin and piano (1928) Donemus
  • Op. 3a, Podium Suite for Violin and orchestra (small) (1948) Donemus
  • Op. 4, Quintet for Wind Instruments (Serenade) for Flute, two clarinets, bassoon, horn (1928) Donemus
  • Op. 5, Sonata for Piano (1929) Donemus
  • Op. 6, Suite for Orchestra (full) (1929) Donemus
  • Op. 7, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra for Violin and orchestra (full) (1930) (MS)
  • Op. 8, Twelve Musical Caricatures for Piano (1930) Donemus
  • Op. 9, Sonata in Five Movements for Cello and piano (1931) Donemus
  • Op. 10, Tempesta d'Orchestra for Orchestra (full) (1931) Donemus
  • Op. 11, Divertimento for String ensemble (or string quintet) (1932) Donemus
  • Op. 12, Four Studies for Piano (1932) Donemus
  • Op. 13, Symphony for Orchestra (full) (1933) Donemus
  • Op. 14, Concerto for Piano and Mixed Choir for Piano and mixed choir (vocalise) (1934) Donemus
  • Op. 15, Abel and Cain for Bass and orchestra (full) (C. Baudelaire) (1935) Donemus
  • Op. 16, Romance and Allegro for Cello and orchestra (1928) Donemus
  • Op. 17, Three Pieces for Piano (1927-1936) Broekmans and Van Poppel
  • Op. 18, Sonata for Violin (1936) Donemus
  • Op. 19, Four Songs for Mezzosoprano, piano (Ady) (1924-1938) Donemus
  • Op. 20, Fiat Lux for Double male-voice choir (G. Gezelle) (1938) A. Bank
  • Op. 21, String Quartet No. 2 (Fugues) for Two violins, viola, cello (1939) Donemus
  • Op. 22, Schopenhauer Cantata for Voice and orchestra (A. Schopenhauer) (14min) (1938-1944) Donemus
  • Op. 23, Prelude and Fugue for Two pianos (9 min) (1945) Southern Music Publ., NY
  • Op. 24, Nocturnes for Flute, harp and string ensemble (17 min) (1946) Donemus
  • Op. 25, Sonatina for Viola and piano (14 min) (1946) Donemus
  • Op. 26, Vox Amantium for Voice and piano (A. Helman) (9 min) (1947) Donemus
  • Op. 27, Trio for Piano, violin, cello (17 min) (1947) Donemus
  • Op. 28, Paradou for Orchestra (full) (Mottoes van E. Zola) (17 min) (Awarded Major Prize Amsterdam) (1948) Donemus
  • Op. 29, Variations on a Dutch Folksong for Harmonie orchestra (9 min) (1949) Molenaar
  • Op. 29a, Variations on a Dutch Folksong for Piano (9 min) (1949) Donemus
  • Op. 29b, Variations on a Dutch Folksong for Orchestra (full) and choir (9 min) (Awarded 2nd prize KNTV-World Service) (1950) Donemus
  • Op. 30, String Quartet No. 3 (Tropical Fantasia) for Two violins, viola, cello (15 min) (Awarded 3rd prize Liège Quartet Concours) (1949) Donemus
  • Op. 31, Seven Drinking Songs for Male-voice choir a.c. (Lessing, Bodenstedt, Goethe, Corneille, Cato, Daens) (14 min) (1950) Kon. Ned. Zangersver.
  • Op. 32, Hymn to Work for Orchestra (full) and male-voice choir (16 min) (1951) Donemus
  • Op. 33a, Proverbs: First Series for Male-voice choir a.c. (12 min) (1950-1951) A. Bank
  • Op. 33b, Proverbs: Second Series for Male-voice choir a.c. (12 min) (1951) A. Bank
  • Op. 34, Four Mixed Choruses for Mixed choir a.c. (Vondel, Ten Kate, Franzos, Goethe) (10 min) (1950-1951) A. Bank
  • Op. 35, Ten Lamentations for Ladies' chorus a.c. (Dante, Byron, Rückert, Schiller, Musset, Voltaire, Florian,Fauré, Lamartine) (25 min) (1951) A. Bank
  • Op. 36a, Sayings and Quotes: First Series for Mixed choir a.c. (Ezza, Cowper, Heye, Potgieter, ?, Logan) (12 min) (1951) A. Bank
  • Op. 36b, Sayings and Quotes: Second Series for Mixed choir a.c. (Cato,Longfellow,Heyse,Geibel,Camphuijsen, Gezelle) (12 min) (1951) A. Bank
  • Op. 37, Twenty Duos for Two violins (24 min) (1951) Donemus
  • Op. 38, Fête Champêtre (Country Fair) (ballet) for String ensemble, percussion (dance suite, chor. G.F.) (13 min) (1951) Donemus
  • Op. 39, Ten Pieces for Recorders for Recorders (13 min) (1951) Donemus
  • Op. 40, Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra, Two violins, orchestra (20 min) (1952) Donemus
  • Op. 41, Three Romances for Soprano, piano (H.Heine) (9 min) (1952) Donemus
  • Op. 41a, Three Romances for Soprano, orchestra (small) (H.Heine) (9 min) (1955) Donemus
  • Op. 42, Rhapsody for Clarinet, piano (9 min) (1952) Southern Music Publ., NY
  • Op. 42a, Rhapsody for Harmonie orchestra (9 min) (1971) Molenaar
  • Op. 43, Luctor and Emergo (ballet) for Orchestra (full) (chor. Sonja Gaskel) (35 min) (1953) Seba
  • Op. 43a, Music from Luctor and Emergo for Choir and orchestra (full) (30 min) (1953) Donemus
  • Op. 44, Funfair in Charleroi for Orchestra (full) (7 min) (1953) Southern Music Publ., NY
  • Op. 44a, Funfair in Charleroi for Piano quatre mains (7 min ) (1953) Southern Music Publ., NY
  • Op. 45, Caecilia Overture for Orchestra (full) (9 min) (1954) Donemus
  • Op. 46a, South African Rhapsody for Symphony orchestra (9 min) (1954) Donemus
  • Op. 46b, South African Rhapsody for Harmonie orchestra (9 min) (1954) Donemus
  • Op. 47, Symphonic Studies for Orchestra (full) (15 min) (Awarded Major Prize Amsterdam) (1954) Donemus
  • Op. 48, Suite for Mixed choir and piano (Old-Dutch Songs) (12 min) (1955) Donemus
  • Op. 49, Transcriptions for Soprano recorder, harpsichord (12 min) (1955) Donemus
  • Op. 50, Sonata for Violin, piano (15 min) (1955) Donemus
  • Op. 50a, Quartet for Strings No. 4 for Two violins, viola, cello (15 min) (Awarded 4th prize Liège Quartet Concours)1956 Donemus
  • Op. 51, The Slave Ship for Tenor and baritone solos, male-voice choir, brass, percussion and piano (H. Heine) (25 min) (1956) Donemus
  • Op. 51a, The Slave Ship for Tenor and baritone solos, male-voice choir, 2 pianos and percussion (H. Heine) (25 min) (1956) Donemus
  • Op. 52, Serenade for Chamber orchestra (15 min) (1956) Donemus
  • Op. 53, Songs for Children I for Mezzosoprano or children's choir, piano (Annie M.G. Schmidt) (8 min) (1957) Donemus
  • Op. 54, Twelve Metamorphoses for Two flutes, piano (11 min) (1957) Donemus
  • Op. 54a, Twelve Metamorphoses for Wind instruments, piano (11 min) (1963) Donemus
  • Op. 55, Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra for Two pianos and orchestra (full) (20 min) (1957) Donemus
  • Op. 56, Songs for Children II for Mezzosoprano or children's choir, piano (A.Verwey, P.de Genestet, G.Lovendaal) (8 min) (1958) Donemus
  • Op. 57, The Black Bride for Opera parodistica (C.J. Kelk) (90 min) (1958) MS
  • Op. 57a, Fragments from The Black Bride for Orchestra (full) (20 min) (1959) Donemus
  • Op. 58, Rhythmic Studies for Chamber orchestra (10 min) (1959) Donemus
  • Op. 58a, Rhythmic Studies for Two pianos (10 min) (1959) Donemus
  • Op. 59, Farewell for Male voice and piano (H. Hesse) (12 min) (1960) Donemus
  • Op. 60, Travels: Lieder Cycle for Tenor and piano (H. Hesse) (10 min) (1960) Donemus
  • Op. 61, Euridice (ballet) for Orchestra (full), jukebox (chorus H. van Manen) (27 min) (1960-1961) Seba
  • Op. 62, Fugue for Harps for Harps (3, 6, 9 or 12) (5 min) (1961) Donemus
  • Op. 63, Concertino for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra (11 min) (1961) Donemus
  • Op. 64, Eight Vocalises for Male voice, ladies', children's and mixed choir a.c. (15 min) (1962) Harmonia
  • Op. 65, Music for "Twelfth Night" for Wind quintet and harp (Shakespeare, D. Verspoor) (12 min) (1962) MS
  • Op. 65a, Three Shakespeare Songs for Baritone and harp (or piano) (Vert.: D. Verspoor) (8 min) (1962) Donemus
  • Op. 66, Symphonietta, Strings (10 min) (1963) Donemus
  • Op. 67, Music for S.D. for Two pianos (5 min) City of Amsterdam (for Sjoukje Dijkstra) (1963) Donemus
  • Op. 68, Music for "Hamlet" for Orchestra (small) (6 min) (1964) MS
  • Op. 69, Seven Timpani and a Brass Orchestra fort Seven timpani, brass band (10 min) (1964) Donemus
  • Op. 70, Sextet, Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (9 min) (1965) Donemus
  • Op. 71, Ballad for Mixed choir and harmonie orchestra (J. Slauerhoff) (13 min) (1965) Donemus
  • Op. 71a, Ballad for Mixed choir, string ensemble, piano quatre-mains and slagwerk (13 min) (1968) Donemus
  • Op. 72a, Four Sketches for Harmonie orchestra (8 min) (1966) Donemus
  • Op. 72b, Four Sketches for Piano quatre-mains (8 min) (1966) Donemus
  • Op. 73, Double Trio for Flute-piccolo, oboe-alt-oboe, bassoon-contrabassoon (10 min) (1967) Donemus
  • Op. 74, Dimensions for Piano, tape or 2/3 pianos (10 min) (1967) Donemus
  • Op. 75, Separate Ways for Flute, bassoon and piano (12 min) (1968) Donemus
  • Op. 75a, Separate Ways for Two violins, piano (12 min) (1968) Donemus
  • Op. 76, Non far' tutto for Male-voice choir a.c. (5 min) (1968) Donemus
  • Op. 77, Paganini Variations for Two violin ensembles or two violins (10 min) 1968-1969 Donemus
  • Op. 78, Concerto for Three Violins and Orchestra (18 min) (1969) Donemus
  • Op. 79, Keeping Time! for Male-voice choir and percussion (D. Vansina) (6 min) (1970) Donemus
  • Op. 80, Duo for Violin and cello (10 min) (1972) Donemus
  • Op. 81, Community Fair in Flanders for Male-voice choir, piano and percussion (Simoens) (7 min) (1972) MS
  • Op. 82, Concerto for Clarinets and Strings for Clarinets and string ensemble (15 min) (1972) Donemus
  • Op. 83, Venedig (Venice) Song cycle for male voice and piano (H. Hesse) (13 min) (1973) Donemus
  • Op. 84, Toccata for Orchestra (10 min) (1973) Donemus
  • Op. 84a, Toccata for Two pianos (10 min) (1973) Donemus
  • Op. 85, Romanian Arabesques for Ladies' choir a.c (9 min) (1973-1974) Donemus
  • Op. 85a, Romanian Arabesques for Bamboo pipes or recorders (1984)
  • Op. 86, Romanian Caprices for Oboe and piano (9 min) (1975) Donemus
  • Op. 86a, Romanian Caprices for Male-voice choir a.c. (9 min) (1975) Donemus
  • Op. 87, Sounds of Romania for Flute, viola, harp and percussion (9 min) (1975) Donemus
  • Op. 88, Minor Suite for Alto saxophone and piano (9 min) (1975) Donemus
  • Op. 89, Three Poems for Speaker, alto saxophone and guitar (I.Streepjes, P.deGenestet, A.Verwey) (10 min) (1976) Donemus
  • Op. 90, The Evil of the World for Tenor solo, male-voice choir and organ (Epicurus) (7 min) (1976) Donemus
  • Op. 91, Elephant Variations for Double bass and strings (9 min) (1977) Donemus
  • Op. 92, Music for Violins and violas (14 min) (1977) Donemus
  • Op. 93, Concertino for Two Trumpets and Orchestra (5,5 min) (1977) Molenaar
  • Op. 94, Brabant and Maramures for Harmonie orchestra (8 min) (1978) Molenaar
  • Op. 95, Vice versa I for Alto saxophone and marimba (11 min) (1982) Donemus
  • Op. 96, Vice versa II for Viola and piano (11 min ) 1982 Donemus
  • Op. 97, Drinking Song for Male-voice choir a.c. (S. Daens) (3 min) (1984) Donemus
  • Op. 98, Symmetry I for Wind instruments and percussion (6 min) (1984) MS
  • Op. 98a, Symmetry II Wind instruments and piano (1984)
  • Op. 99, String Quartet No. 5 for Two violins, viola and cello (13 min) (1984) Donemus
  • Op. 100, Symmetry III for Piccolo, violin, cello, bassoon (1985) MS
  • Op. 101, Three German Choir Texts for Mixed choir (1985) MS
  • Op. 102, Three French Choir Texts for Mixed choir (1985) MS
  • Op. 103, Three English Choir Texts for Mixed choir 1985 MS
  • Op. 104, Two Dutch Choir Texts for Mixed choir (1985) MS
  • Op. 105, Three Italian Proverbs for Male-voice choir a.c. (1985) MS
  • Op. 106, Duet in Two Languages for Sopraan, alto, marimba or piano (1985) MS
  • Op. 107, Six Miniatures for Piano 1985 MS
  • Op. 108, Concerto for Viola, Strings and Bass Drum (1985) MS

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