Forbidden Music Regained

Leo Smit Stichting
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Poolsche Suite [orchestra]

By Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

location of manuscript archive registration number 023/014

Eduard Flipse and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra


January 1937

a piano reduction is available from archive registration number 023/015-2

First performance

Oct 17, 1937 Arnhemsche Orkest Vereeniging conducted by Jaap Spaanderman

About Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

(08/04/1892 - 10/06/1971)
Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

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 Dutch intellectuals and artists. Those who signed up to participate had to sign a declaration of (Aryan) ethnicity. Jews were not allowed. After the war, she and her husband were members of the ‘Courts of Honour’, established to purge one’s own discipline of collaborating colleagues.

by Elly Kamp