Forbidden Music Regained


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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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Paul Sanders

Paul Sanders (1891 - 1986)

His musical legacy is modest but nonetheless fascinating. Many of his compositions demonstrate social engagement and sometimes are more explicit: e.g. 'Plan Song' for the Dutch Labour Party (SDAP). With his music reviews in the socialist newspaper  Het Volk  (The People) he hoped to lure the working class into the concert hall and to move them up the social ladder. In addition to composing and writing about music, he was also active as a music editor, organiser, …   more

new additions

  • February 6, 2024
    Reflex 5
    Daniël Belinfante

    Reflex 5

    15 June 1941
  • Hans Lachman

    Pour mes amis

    Not dated. Five piano pieces
  • Lento Mystiek
    Daniël Belinfante

    Lento Mystiek

    Last movement of the Fourth Piano Sonatina Dated 21st October 1941

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