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La Mort

By Leo Smit

Vocal music
Vocal Ensemble (2-12) and piano (sopr alt pf)
7 minutes
location of manuscript aanvraagnummer 119/031
published score
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Texts by Charles Baudelaire

First performance

Jan 15, 1950 Amsterdam, Kleine Zaal Concertgebouw - Tjac. Troelstra, Henriƫtte Doornbosch and Wolfgang Wijdeveld (piano) (La mort des amants was left out)

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