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.

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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James Simon

James Simon (1880 - 1944)

James Simon was a highly intelligent and accomplished pianist, composer and musicologist. He studied philosophy, loved poetry and felt at home with the great German musical tradition. Music was his life. So much so, that his son would call him ‘other worldly’. He continued to compose until the very end. By Phillip Silver and Carine Alders   more

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  • January 10, 2019
    Sextet, for piano and winds
    James Simon

    Sextet, for piano and winds

    I. Allegro con passione II. Andante contemplativo III. Finale (Paraphrase über ein Motiv) Not dated
  • December 10, 2018
    Leo Smit

    Deux hommages

    Hommage à Sherlock Holmes Hommage à Remington
  • November 4, 2018
    Lamento pour alto et piano
    Max Vredenburg

    Lamento pour alto et piano

    à la mémoire de ma soeur Elsa - Amsterdam, 1952

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