Forbidden Music Regained

Forbidden Music Regained is a project by the Leo Smit Foundation (overall coordination Eleonore Pameijer and Carine Alders).

Based in Amsterdam, the Leo Smit Foundation is a knowledge centre open to anyone who wants to know more about composers who were persecuted in the Second World War. Because of their situation their work has sunk into oblivion, yet in many cases they were the musical leaders of their time.

Discovery and research of composers

The Leo Smit Foundation is dedicated to the discovery and research of these composers and to the publication of their works, in collaboration with editors and other partners. The aim is to make the lives, work and context of these composers accessible to all. With our international contacts, we also act as a knowledge broker for persons and organizations working on the same material.

The Leo Smit Ensemble

Music is intended to be heard. The Foundation encourages the performance of works by persecuted composers and is very actively spreading the repertoire. There is now  a group of musicians who have become very knowledgeable in this area and specialized in the repertoire. Under the title of the Leo Smit Ensemble they regularly give concerts at top venues in the Netherlands and other countries. The inclusion of this repertoire in concert programs at home and abroad is actively encouraged.

Schatten van de zolder

The Foundation started in 1996 with research on the composer Leo Smit. For the tenth anniversary of the Foundation a book was published with short biographies of ten composers in all. In 2009 a further inventory was completed and published in Dutch under the title: “Schatten van de zolder; verloren en teruggevonden Nederlandse composities” (Treasures from the attic; a rediscovery of Dutch composers). Since then the lives and work of more than 35 Dutch composers have been documented.

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