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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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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

  • October 4, 2021
    Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

    Ballade au Hameau

    May 1938, words by Paul Fort
  • Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

    Poolsche Suite [orchestra]

    January 1937 a piano reduction is available from archive registration number 023/015-2
  • May 17, 2021
    Hans Krieg


    Scenes of a fair. Op. 142 No. 1-7 1. Kermis (Fair), 2. Draaimolen (Merry-go-round), 3. Orgelpoppen (Barrel-organ-dolls ), 4. In de tent (In the tent), 5. Bij de waarzegger (At the fortune-teller), 6. Bij de athleet (At the athlete), 7. Luchtballons (Air Balloons)  

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