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Divertimento voor piano vierhandig

By Leo Smit

Chamber music
Piano 4 hands (pf4h)
14 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 119/005
published score
order printed score here


Allegro ma non troppo


Allegro con fuoco

18 november 1942, there is also an orchestrated version by Andries van Rossem

First performance

Jan 10, 1947 Amsterdam, Kleine Zaal Concertgebouw - Miek Engelenburg, Jan Odé concert organised by the Netherlands Society for Contemporary Music (Nederlandsche Vereeniging voor Hedendaagse Muziek)

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