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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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Wilhelm Rettich

Wilhelm Rettich (1892 - 1988)

Wilhelm Rettich belonged to that generation of those whose work and life was deeply affected by the First and Second World Wars. Captivity, persecution, hiding and losses scarred his life. In 1933, he emigrated to the Netherlands, where he survived the war in hiding. Rettich worked a great deal for the radio, a young and progressive medium at that time. Although he became a Dutch citizen after the World War II, he returned to Germany in 1964. by Diet Scholten   more

new additions

  • January 22, 2019
    Jan van Gilse

    Vierte Sinfonie A-dur

    Symphony No. 4 Mäßig bewegt, einfach, heiter Intermezzo. Ruhig fließend Langsam, sehr ruhig Schnell und heftig
  • 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

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