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String Quartet No. 6 - The Kids

for string quartet

Year:  1927   ·  Duration:  15m

Year:  1927
Duration:  15m

Alfred Hill

Composer:   Alfred Hill


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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.

Donald Maurice
from Alfred Hill - String Quartets Vol. 2, NAXOS

Difficulty note

Suitable for amateurs

Contents note

I. Allegro
II. Scherzo
III. Adagio ma non troppo
IV. Finale: Allegretto

Performance history

10 Oct 1994: Performed by the Australian String Quartet - William Hennessy (violin), Elinor Lea (violin), Keith Crellin (viola) and Janis Laurs (cello) at the Australian Broadcasting Coporation, Adelaide, Australia

27 Sep 2007: Performed by Rupa Maitra (1st violin), Sayuri Ando (2nd violin), Donald Maurice (viola), Jocelyn Cranefield (cello) at Dominion Post - 100th Birthday Concert at St Andrew's on The Terrace in Wellington

Performed by Yury Gezentsvey (violin), David Pucher (violin), Donald Maurice (viola) and David Chickering (cello), recorded at the Expressions Theatre, Upper Hutt

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