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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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Henriëtte Bosmans

Henriëtte Bosmans (1895 - 1952)

Before the war, Henriette Bosmans already enjoyed a well-established reputation in Dutch musical life, especially as a pianist. During the war she was not allowed to appear in public and had to support herself with underground house concerts. Her considerable oeuvre includes orchestral works, chamber music and many songs. by Helen H. Metzelaar   more

new additions

  • November 13, 2023
    Concertino voor violoncel en zes instrumenten
    Nico Richter

    Concertino voor violoncel en zes instrumenten

    I. Allegro vivo II. Lento III. Presto First performance 19 July 1935 by the chamber orchestra of the Philharmonic Society (Filharmonische Vereniging) in Brussels (Concert Jeunesse), conducted by Hermann Scherchen. Awarded with the Prix Henri le Boeuf.
  • Hans Lachman

    Quatuor a cordes

    Not dated. 1. Allegro moderato 2. Andante sostenuto 3. Allegro molto 4. L’istesso tempo
  • Dick Kattenburg

    Escapades : version for two violas

    Version for viola (2021), original written for two violins

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