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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.

Here you can search for composers, works for various instrumentations or vocal repertoire. Find scores, look at manuscripts and listen to sound samples.

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Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman (1892 - 1971)

Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman was a versatile composer. She wrote for piano, small ensembles, for large orchestra, choirs and even carillon. She largely taught herself composition and displayed an enormous originality. Her music cannot be categorized into any style or school. During World War II she was a supporter of the artists' resistance and courageously refused to register with the Kultuurkamer , imposed by the German occupiers to register, regulate and/or restrict the activities of …   more

new additions

  • December 19, 2022
  • Artis suite
    Hans Lachman

    Artis suite

    Artis is the Amsterdam Zoo 1. Kamelen (camels) 2. Roofdieren achter tralies (predators behind bars) 3. Volière (aviary) 4. Gazellen (gazelles) 5. Reuzenschildpad (Galápagos tortoise) 6. Brilslang (Indian cobra) 7. Wezeltje (little weasel) 8. Olifant (elephant) 9. Slotmarsch der pinguïns (Final march of the penguins)
  • December 12, 2022
    Derde Sonatine
    Daniël Belinfante

    Derde Sonatine

    Not dated Moderato Adagio Allegro-moderato con spirito

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