Forbidden Music Regained

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Aan de stilte

By Martha Dekker-Belinfante

Vocal music
Voice and piano (voice pf)
location of manuscript archive registration number: NMI MNmfI/0188


To silence. Words by Martha Belinfante-Dekker

Summer evening, 1941. Written between two air fights, Amsterdam, while sitting in a little room in the attick, opposite the meeting hall of the NSB (national socialist party), where leather boots walk in and out, highly overconfident.

Published in 1941 by Joh. A. Alsbach, Amsterdam, without 'Kulturkammer', with music.

About Martha Belinfante-Dekker

Martha Belinfante-Dekker

Martha Dekker, sister of the author Maurits Dekker, led a clandestine existence in hiding in Rotterdam, survived the war and was awarded for her resistance work. She was known for the so-called SD-performances (Singing and Declamation), the Belinfante Method  (after the war renamed as the Belinfante-Dekker Method) focusing on a conscious use of breathing (from the diaphragm) and voice. Martha set her own poems to lyrical dramas, tailored to this method. People suffering from asthma benefitted from her approach. Her work as speech therapist, singing teacher and composer of folk songs, cantatas and resistance songs, has an historical value.