Forbidden Music Regained

Leo Smit Stichting
Search this site

Explore scores and sound samples

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.

featured composer

Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman (1892 - 1971)

Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman was a versatile composer. She wrote for piano, small ensembles, for large orchestra, choirs and even carillon. She largely taught herself composition and displayed an enormous originality. Her music cannot be categorized into any style or school. During World War II she was a supporter of the artists' resistance and courageously refused to register with the Kultuurkamer , imposed by the German occupiers to register, regulate and/or restrict the activities of …   more

new additions

  • November 13, 2023
    Concertino voor violoncel en zes instrumenten
    Nico Richter

    Concertino voor violoncel en zes instrumenten

    I. Allegro vivo II. Lento III. Presto First performance 19 July 1935 by the chamber orchestra of the Philharmonic Society (Filharmonische Vereniging) in Brussels (Concert Jeunesse), conducted by Hermann Scherchen. Awarded with the Prix Henri le Boeuf.
  • Hans Lachman

    Quatuor a cordes

    Not dated. 1. Allegro moderato 2. Andante sostenuto 3. Allegro molto 4. L’istesso tempo
  • Dick Kattenburg

    Escapades : version for two violas

    Version for viola (2021), original written for two violins

Read about composers

Biographies in English, written by specialist authors and experienced researchers.

Search compositions

Browse through work lists or search by instrumentation, duration or genre. Find published scores, manuscripts and sound samples.

Find recordings

Recording information is linked to composers’ biographies as well as to individual compositions.