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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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Géza Frid

Géza Frid (1904 - 1989)

The Hungarian Géza Frid was one of the key figures in the post-war Dutch music world. To escape the dictatorship of his country of origin, he fled to the Netherlands in 1927. He always remained true to the musical language of his roots. As of 1941, Frid as a stateless Jew, was prohibited from performing in public. He became involved in illegal activities and the artists' resistance movement, and it's a miracle he survived the war. After the liberation, he resumed his life as …   more

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  • July 18, 2022
    I prithee send me back my heart
    Julius Hijman

    I prithee send me back my heart

    words by Sir John Suckling In a collection with 'Why so pale and wan fond lover', 'Constancy', 'The message' and 'Go and catch a falling star'
  • Why so pale and wan fond lover
    Julius Hijman

    Why so pale and wan fond lover

    Words by Sir John Suckling. In a collection with 'I prithee send me back my heart', 'Constancy', 'The message' and 'Go and catch a falling star'
  • Constancy
    Julius Hijman

    Constancy

    Words by Sir John Suckling. In a collection with 'I prithee send me back my heart', 'Why so pale and wan fond lover', 'The message' and 'Go and catch a falling star'

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