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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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Samuel Schuijer

Samuel Schuijer (1873 - 1942)

On December 11, 1942, Samuel Schuijer was murdered in Auschwitz. His home and music school had been plundered by the Nazis. With the loss of his life and destruction of his belongings, all traces of this significant Dutch musician seemed to be erased. But a group of children in The Hague found a box containing music manuscripts, waiting for the garbage truck. They took their treasure home and it became the first step in rediscovering a lost fragment of Dutch music history. by Carine Alders   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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