The manuscript of String Quartet No. 6 in G major bears the date 31st September, 1927, indicating it was most likely composed in Sydney. Its nickname The Kids refers to the fact that Hill was at the time Professor of Composition at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and intended this work to be performed by students. While it is relatively simple in both its construction and playability, it is nevertheless a most attractive work set in an earlier style, at times Schubertian, at other times Haydnesque, yet one cannot escape the unique mannerisms of Hill. The slow movement with its simple repeated chords accompanying a series of scale-like motives produces a surprisingly beautiful result, not unlike the music of Greig.
from Alfred Hill – String Quartets Vol. 2, NAXOS