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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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Bertus van Lier

Bertus van Lier (1906 - 1972)

Composer Bertus van Lier was a versatile and determined intellectual. From the start of World World II he upheld his principles against the occupier. During and after the war he maintained this attitude towards those colleagues who were suspected of collaboration with the enemy. In compositions written during the war, Van Lier expressed his resistance to the deprivation of liberty, especially in his vocal works. After the liberation his work as composer diminished and he focused on his …   more

new additions

  • 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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