His compositions

I. Chronological survey *

(*R = Radio recording, *D = Donemus recording, MS = Manuscript.)

OpusTitleArrangement (author/choreographer)Length (min)Commissioned by:YearPublished by:
1Trio for StringsViolin, alto violin, cello16*R1926Donemus
2String Quartet No. 1Two violins, alto violin, cello201926Donemus
3Podium SuiteViolin and piano14*R1928Donemus
3aPodium SuiteViolin and orchestra (small)141948Donemus
4Quintet for Wind Instruments (Serenade)Flute, two clarinets, bassoon, horn151928Donemus
6SuiteOrchestra (full)171929Donemus
7Concerto for Violin and OrchestraViolin and orchestra (full)21Alex. Moskowsky1930MS
8Twelve Musical CaricaturesPiano25*D1930Donemus
9Sonata in Five MovementsCello and piano141931Donemus
10Tempesta d’OrchestraOrchestra (full)61931Donemus
11DivertimentoString ensemble (or string quintet)14*R1932Donemus
12Four StudiesPiano101932Donemus
13SymphonyOrchestra (full)30*R1933Donemus
14Concerto for Piano and Mixed ChoirPiano and mixed choir (vocalise)14*R1934Donemus
15Abel and CainBass and orchestra (full) (C. Baudelaire)131935Donemus
16Romance and AllegroCello and orchestra131928Donemus
17Three PiecesPiano14*D only Treurmars (slow march)1927-1936Broekmans and Van Poppel
19Four SongsMezzosoprano, piano (Ady)121924-1938Donemus
20Fiat LuxDouble male-voice choir (G. Gezelle)101938A. Bank
21String Quartet No. 2 (Fugues)Two violins, alto violin, cello23*D1939Donemus
22Schopenhauer CantataVoice and orchestra (A. Schopenhauer)14*R1938-1944Donemus
23Prelude and FugueTwo pianos9*R1945Southern Music Publ., NY
24NocturnesFlute, harp and string ensemble171946Donemus
25SonatinaAlto violin and piano14*R1946Donemus
26Vox AmantiumVoice and piano ( A. Helman)9*D1947Donemus
27TrioPiano, violin, cello171947Donemus
28ParadouOrchestra (full) (Mottoes van E. Zola)17*R (Awarded Major Prize Amsterdam)1948Donemus
29Variations on a Dutch FolksongHarmonie orchestra9*R From Var. 2 Amsterdam City Council1949Molenaar
29aVariations on a Dutch FolksongPiano91949Donemus
29bVariations on a Dutch FolksongOrchestra (full) and choir9(Awarded 2nd prize KNTV-World Service)1950Donemus
30String Quartet No. 3 (Tropical Fantasia)Two violins, alto violin, cello15*R (Awarded 3rd prize Liège Quartet Concours)1949Donemus
31Seven Drinking SongsMale-voice choir a.c. (Lessing, Bodenstedt, Goethe, Corneille, Cato, Daens)141950Kon. Ned. Zangersver.
32Hymn to WorkOrchestra (full) and male-voice choir16J. Wagenaar Foundation1951Donemus
33aProverbs: First SeriesMale-voice choir a.c.121950-1951A. Bank
33bProverbs: Second SeriesMale-voice choir a.c.121951A. Bank
34Four Mixed ChorusesMixed choir a.c. (Vondel, Ten Kate, Franzos, Goethe)101950-1951A. Bank
35Ten LamentationsLadies’ chorus a.c. (Dante, Byron, Rückert, Schiller, Musset, Voltaire, Florian,Fauré, Lamartine)25*R1951A. Bank
36aSayings and Quotes: First SeriesMixed choir a.c. (Ezza, Cowper, Heye, Potgieter, ?, Logan)12*R1951A. Bank
36bSayings and Quotes: Second SeriesMixed choir a.c. (Cato,Longfellow,Heyse,Geibel,Camphuijsen, Gezelle)12*R1951A. Bank
37Twenty DuosTwo violins24*R1951Donemus
38Fête Champêtre (Country Fair) (ballet)String ensemble, percussion (dance suite, chor. G.F.)13*D1951Donemus
39Ten Pieces for RecordersRecorders131951Donemus
40Concerto for Two Violins and OrchestraTwee violins, orchestra20*R1952Donemus
41Three RomancesSoprano, piano (H.Heine)9*R1952Donemus
41aThree RomancesSoprano, orchestra (small) (H.Heine)9*R1955Donemus
42RhapsodyClarinet, piano9*R1952Southern Music Publ., NY
42aRhapsodyHarmonie orchestra9Umbrella Foundation Dutch Music Organizations1971Molenaar
43Luctor and Emergo (ballet)Orchestra (full) (chor. Sonja Gaskel)35Kunstmaand Foundation (Culture Month)1953Seba
43aMusic from Luctor and EmergoChoir and orchestra (full)301953Donemus
44Funfair in CharleroiOrchestra (full)7*D1953Southern Music Publ., NY
44aFunfair in CharleroiPiano quatre mains7*R1953Southern Music Publ., NY
45Caecilia OvertureOrchestra (full)9*D J. Wagenaar Foundation1954Donemus
46aSouth African RhapsodySymphony orchestra91954Donemus
46bSouth African RhapsodyHarmonie orchestra9Harmonie Orchestra Dockyard1954Donemus
47Symphonic StudiesOrchestra (full)15*D. (Awarded Major Prize Amsterdam)1954Donemus
48SuiteMixed choir and piano (Old-Dutch Songs)12*D1955Donemus
49TranscriptionsSoprano recorder, harpsichord12*D1955Donemus
50SonataViolin, piano15*R1955Donemus
50aQuartet for Strings No. 4Two violins, alto violin, cello15(Awarded 4th prize Liège Quartet Concours)1956Donemus
51The Slave ShipTenor and baritone solos, male-voice choir, brass, percussion and piano (H. Heine)25*R – Ministry of Education, Culture and Science1956Donemus
51aThe Slave ShipTenor and baritone solos, male-voice choir, 2 pianos and percussion (H. Heine)25*D1956Donemus
52SerenadeChamber orchestra15*R1956Donemus
53Songs for Children IMezzosoprano or children’s choir, piano (Annie M.G. Schmidt)8*R – AVRO1957Donemus
54Twelve MetamorphosesTwo flutes, piano11*R – C Vening Meinesz1957Donemus
54aTwelve MetamorphosesWind instruments, piano111963Donemus
55Concerto for Two Pianos and OrchestraTwo pianos and orchestra (full)20*R1957Donemus
56Songs for Children IIMezzosoprano or children’s choir, piano (A.Verwey, P.de Genestet, G.Lovendaal)8*R – AVRO. Christelijk Haags Jongenskoor1958Donemus
57The Black BrideOpera parodistica (C.J. Kelk)90*R (only final chorus) Book Ball1958MS
57aFragments from The Black BrideOrchestra (full)20*R1959Donemus
58Rhythmic StudiesChamber orchestra10*R – Ministry of Education, Culture and Science1959Donemus
58aRhythmic StudiesTwo pianos10*D1959Donemus
59FarewellMale voice and piano (H. Hesse)12*D1960Donemus
60Travels: Lieder CycleTenor and piano (H. Hesse)10*R1960Donemus
61Euridice (ballet)Orchestra (full), jukebox (chorus H. van Manen)27Amsterdam City Council1960-1961Seba
62Fugue for HarpsHarps (3, 6, 9 or 12)5*R – Van Beinum Foundation1961Donemus
63Concertino for Violin, Cello, Piano and OrchestraViolin, cello, piano, orchestra11*R – Leiden Student Assoc. Sempre Crescendo1961Donemus
64Eight VocalisesMale voice, ladies’, children’s and mixed choir a.c.15*R – Ministry of Education, Culture and Science1962Harmonia
65Music for “Twelfth Night”Wind quintet and harp (Shakespeare, D. Verspoor)12Netherlands Comedie1962MS
65aThree Shakespeare SongsBaritone and harp (or piano) (Vert.: D. Verspoor)8*R1962Donemus
66SymphoniettaStrings10*R – Ministry of Education, Culture and Science1963Donemus
67Music for S.D.Two pianos5City of Amsterdam (for Sjoukje Dijkstra)1963Donemus
68Music for “Hamlet”Orchestra (small)6* R – Netherlands Comedie1964MS
69Seven Timpani and a Brass OrchestraSeven timpani, brass band10*D – Min. van O.K. and W.1964Donemus
70SextetFlute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano9Dutch Radio Union1965Donemus
71BalladMixed choir and harmonie orchestra (J. Slauerhoff)13Rotterdam Art Foundation (Kunststichting)1965Donemus
71aBalladMixed choir, string ensemble, piano quatre-mains and slagwerk131968Donemus
72aFour SketchesHarmonie orchestra8Joh. Wagenaarstichting1966Donemus
72bFour SketchesPiano quatre-mains8*R1966Donemus
73Double TrioFlute-piccolo, oboe-alt-oboe, bassoon-contrabassoon101967Donemus
74DimensionsPiano, tape or 2/3 pianos10*R1967Donemus
75Separate WaysFlute, bassoon and piano12*R – Amsterdam City Council1968Donemus
75aSeparate WaysTwo violins, piano12*R1968Donemus
76Non far’ tuttoMale-voice choir a.c.5Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Social Work1968Donemus
77Paganini VariationsTwo violin ensembles or two violins10*R- Ed.v. Beinum Foundation1968-1969Donemus
78Concerto for Three Violins and OrchestraThree violins and orchestra (full)18*R – J. Wagenaar Foundation1969Donemus
79Keeping Time!Male-voice choir and percussion (D. Vansina)6Roy. Fed. of Vocal and Oratorium Associations1970Donemus
80DuoViolin and cello10*R1972Donemus
81Community Fair in FlandersMale-voice choir, piano and percussion (Simoens)7Royal Dutch Singers’ Federation1972MS
82Concerto for Clarinets and StringsClarinets and string ensemble151972Donemus
83Venedig (Venice)Song cycle for male voice and piano (H. Hesse)131973Donemus
84aToccataTwo pianos10*R1973Donemus
85Romanian ArabesquesLadies’ choir a.c.9*R – Provincial Council of North-Holland1973-1974Donemus
85aRomanian ArabesquesBamboo pipes or recorders?1984
86Romanian CapricesOboe and piano9*R – Min. Culture, Recreation and Social Work1975Donemus
86aRomanian CapricesMale-voice choir a.c.91975Donemus
87Sounds of RomaniaFlute, alto violin, harp and percussion91975Donemus
88Minor SuiteAlto saxophone and piano9*R1975Donemus
89Three PoemsSpeaker, alto saxophone and guitar (I.Streepjes, P.deGenestet, A.Verwey)101976Donemus
90The Evil of the WorldTenor solo, male-voice choir and organ (Epicurus)71976Donemus
91Elephant VariationsDouble bass and strings91977Donemus
92Music for Violins and Alto ViolinsViolins and alto violins141977Donemus
93Concertino for Two Trumpets and OrchestraTwo trumpets and orchestra5,5*D – Buma Fund1977Molenaar
94Brabant and MaramuresHarmonie orchestra8Min. Culture, Recreation and Social Work1978Molenaar
95Vice versa IAlto saxophone and marimba11*R1982Donemus
96Vice versa IIAlto violin and piano111982Donemus
97Drinking SongMale-voice choir a.c. (S. Daens)31984Donemus
98Symmetry IWind instruments and percussion61984MS
98Symmetry IIWind instruments and piano?1984
99String Quartet No. 5Two violins, alto violin and cello131984Donemus
100Symmetry IIIPiccolo, violin, cello, bassoon?1985MS
101Three German Choir TextsMixed choir?1985MS
102Three French Choir TextsMixed choir?1985MS
103Three English Choir TextsMixed choir?1985MS
104Two Dutch Choir TextsMixed choir?1985MS
105Three Italian ProverbsMale-voice choir a.c.?1985MS
106Duet in Two LanguagesSopraan, alto, marimba or piano?1985MS
107Six MiniaturesPiano?1985MS
108Concerto for Alto Violin, Strings and Bass DrumAlto violin, strings, bass drum?1985MS



II. Breakdown by genre and instrumental arrangement *

(compiled by Frid himself)




Opus 3a, 7, 14, 16, 40, 55, 63, 78, 82, 91, 93, 108.

Symphony orchestra:

Opus 6, 10, 13, 28, 29b, 43a, 44, 45, 46a, 47, 57a, 84, 93.

Harmonie orchestra:

Opus 29, 42a, 46b, 72a, 94.

String ensemble:

Opus 11, 66.

String ensemble, with other instruments:

Opus 24, 38, 82, 91, 100.

Brass band:

Opus 69.

Chamber orchestra:

Opus 52, 54a, 58, 92.

Chamber music for strings:

Opus 1, 11, 37, 77, 80 and five string quartets: Opus 2, 21, 30, 50a, 99.

Chamber music for strings and piano:

Opus 3, 9, 25, 27, 50, 75a.

Chamber music for wind instruments:

Opus 4, 39, 73, 85a.

Chamber music for wind instruments and piano (or harpsichord):

Opus 42, 49, 54, 70, 75, 86, 88, 98.

Chamber music: various combinations:

Opus 24, 38, 87, 95, 96.

Piano solo:

Opus 5, 8, 12, 17, 29a, 74, 107.

Piano quatre-mains:

Opus 44a, 72b.

Two pianos:

Opus 23, 58a, 67, 84a.

Two pianos and orchestra:

Opus 55.

Piano and mixed choir:

Opus 14.

Piano trio:

Opus 27.

Violin solo:

Opus 18.

Violin and piano:

Opus 3, 50.

Violin and cello:

Opus 80.

Two violins:

Opus 37, 77.

Two violins and piano:

Opus 75a.

Violin and orchestra:

Opus 3a, 7.

Two violins and orchestra:

Opus 40.

Three violins and orchestra:

Opus 78.

Alto violin and piano:

Opus 25, 96.

Cello and piano:

Opus 9.

Cello and orchestra:

Opus 16.


Opus 62.

Harp with other instruments:

Opus 24, 87.




Mixed choir a cappella:

Opus 34, 36a, 36b, 64, 101, 102, 103, 104.

Mixed choir and piano:

Opus 14, 48.

Mixed choir and orchestra:

Opus 29b, 43a, 71, 71a.

Male-voice choir a cappella:

Opus 20, 31, 33a, 33b, 64, 76, 86a, 97, 105.

Male-voice choir with instrumental accompaniment:

Opus 51, 51a, 79, 81, 90.

Male-voice choir and orchestra:

Opus 32.

Ladies’ choir a cappella:

Opus 35, 64, 85.

Boys’ choir a cappella:

Opus 64.

Boys’ choir and piano:

Opus 53, 56.

Voice and piano (harp):

Opus 19, 26, 41, 53, 56, 59, 60, 65a, 83.

Voice and orchestra:

Opus 15, 22, 41a.

Speaker, saxophone and guitar:

Opus 89.

Music for the stage:

Opus 65, 68.


Opus 57.


Opus 38, 43, 61.


Further works by Frid, without opus number

  • Caprice Concertante for Flute and Piano. 1930

(This work was nevertheless published in 1999 by Donemus)

  • Strauss Variations (with others) for Two Violins and Orchestra. 1958 (MS)
  • Duet for Two Violins. 1960 (MS)
  • Study in Rhythm for Violin and Piano. 1960 (Broekmans & Van Poppel, Amsterdam)
  • Kodály Variations (with others) for Orchestra. 1962 (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Esquisses Autobiographiques (Autobiographical Sketches) for Piano. 1964 (dedicated to Arthur Frid) (MS)
  • Gertleriade for Solo Violin. 1967 (MS)
  • Foxtrot for Two Pianos. 1975 (Suite for the Suite, with others; Donemus)




  • Cadences for the Piano Concerto KV 467 by Mozart (1948)



Arrangements by others

  • Frid/Gertler, Romance for Violin and Piano. 1931(Rosz. Budapest)
  • Frid/Bor. Pieces for Violin and Piano. 1975-1975 (Donemus)



Gramophone records/CD’s

With the exception of the recordings for radio or by Donemus mentioned above, a few privately produced CD’s and the odd bakelite (!) gramophone record, there is little opportunity to listen to Frid’s music. In more recent times there appears now and then a new CD that includes a Frid composition. Examples are given below. CD’s devoted to Frid are, however, now being produced, and you are referred to the part of this website devoted to the foundation itself (Géza Frid Foundation) for details.

  • 1999. Stemra Q 97006. Virtuosi of Bucharest: Silvestri, Haydn, Mozart and Frid’s Symphonietta for Strings, op. 66.
  • 2000. Decca 466986-2. Legendary Voices – Erna Spoorenberg: eleven composers, including Verdi and Bizet, but also Godfried Bomans (!) and Frid’s Three Romances, op. 41.
  • 2000. MCWAP 032. From True Fame to Europe: Strategier, Hendrik Andriessen, Louis Toebosch and, by the Eindhoven Vocal Ensemble, Frid’s Concerto for Piano and Choir, op. 14.
  • 2003. Et’Cetera KTC 1255. Dutch Music for Violin and Piano. Francien Schatborn and Jeanette Koekkoek: Röntgen, Bosmans, Hendrik Andriessen and Frid’s Sonatina for Alto Violin and Piano, op. 25.