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Composers persecuted in WWII

During the Second World War, many composers were persecuted by the Nazi’s, because they either had a Jewish background or refused to comply with Nazi rules. Their music was banned from all public performance. The Leo Smit Foundation, founded in 1996, is committed to regain this music.

In more than 200 concerts, we’ve brought to life music that was lost and forgotten. With this website, we share with musicians, programmers and music lovers worldwide what we’ve found, starting with music from composers who lived and worked in the Netherlands.

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Leo Kok

Leo Kok (1893 - 1992)

The term ‘homo universalis’ or Renaissance Man originated as a description of individuals, that helped humanity escape the dark ages by virtue of their open minds and tenacious pursuit of new knowledge.  Leo Kok was such a polymath in his own lifetime, the twentieth century;  a gifted football player, a pianist of the highest level, a vocal coach, a composer. He also had a great interest in literature and politics. As an anti-fascist activist he joined the resistance …   more

new additions

  • December 10, 2018
    Leo Smit

    Deux hommages

    Hommage à Sherlock Holmes Hommage à Remington
  • November 4, 2018
    Lamento pour alto et piano
    Max Vredenburg

    Lamento pour alto et piano

    à la mémoire de ma soeur Elsa - Amsterdam, 1952
  • October 15, 2018
    Concert voor Piano met orkestbegeleiding
    Sem Dresden

    Concert voor Piano met orkestbegeleiding

    Concerto for piano with orchestral accompaniment Allegro molto e deciso Poco andantino Allegro con spirito Piano reduction: NMI 047/046b   Instrumentation of the concerto for piano accompanied by string quartet and oboe Instrumentation Nov-Dec. 1945 Scheveningen July-Aug 1946

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