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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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Jan van Gilse

Jan van Gilse (1881 - 1944)

Jan van Gilse received his musical education in Germany. His music developed into a synthesis of French impressionism and German romanticism. He became a popular conductor and one of the founders of the Society of Dutch composers (GeNeCo) and also the copyright organization BUMA. During the war, this socially engaged human being was fiercely anti-German. He had to pay a heavy price for his fighting spirit. by dr. Hans van Dijk   more

new additions

  • March 9, 2022
    Ignace Lilien

    Modern times sonata (violin and piano)

    - Allegro - Andante cantabile - Rondo Brésilien See also: catalogue application number NMI 12226 catalogue application number NDM 1538 catalogue application number MNmfIII/0196 (Rondo Brésilien) There is an arrangement (by Dolf de Kinkelder) for orchestra as well.
  • Leo Kok


    Lentement - 'Pour vous remercier de mon séjour au Roccolo' Ma belle si tu voulais...
  • Leo Kok


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