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Sextuor pour flûte, hautbois, clarinette, basson, cor et piano

By Leo Smit

Chamber music
Wind sextet (wind quintet and piano) (fl ob cl bs h pf)
14 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 119/012
published score
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Concertgebouw Sextet


I. Allegro vivace

II. Lento

III. Vivace

First performance

Dec 14, 1933 Amsterdam, Kleine Zaal Concertgebouw - Concertgebouwkwintet and Eduard van Beinum, piano

About Leo Smit

(05/14/1900 - 04/30/1943)
Leo Smit

1900 - 1943

His music sounds thoroughly French, with bright and blithe notes that seemingly flow easily from his pen. In reality, it took many years before his musical ideas were incorporated into his compositions. And however French it may sound, Leo Smit was in heart and soul hooked to Amsterdam and the Netherlands. His song for women's choir, De bruid (The bride), set to words by Jan Prins is a declaration of love: “The groom was the sunlight and Holland was his bride.” It also took years before his legacy would reach an international audience.

by Jurjen Vis