Discover the music banned by the Nazis

Hidden treasures

The Jacques Thibaud Ensemble from Berlijn

Discover the music banned by the Nazis. The Leo Smit Foundation offers Amsterdam visitors a one hour introduction to suppressed music with a series of early evening concerts in the heart of the old Jewish Quarters. Musicians from the Netherlands and abroad, including Russian pianist Jascha Nemtsov and the Jacques Thibaud Ensemble from Berlin, perform works by composers suppressed by Nazi Germany.

The concerts feature works by composers such as Erwin Schulhoff, Ernest Bloch, Stan Golestan, Bob Hanf, Henriëtte Bosmans, Hanns Eisler, Alberto Hemsi and Joseph Achron. Composers and their works are introduced in English. All concerts take place 6-7 pm at the Bethaniënklooster, Barndesteeg 6B, 1012 BV Amsterdam. Tickets cost € 10,-.

Jewish composers

Music from the roaring twenties and thirties is often jazzy and optimistic. During the Second World War, music was forbidden simply because a composer either had a Jewish background or refused to comply with Nazi rules. Such composers had to give up their social positions, and their music was banned from all public performances. Most Jewish composers were deported, their personal belongings plundered. Many of them lost their lives. Their personal archives as well as their musical heritage were eradicated. At Leo Smit Foundation we collect and share knowledge about composers who were persecuted in the Second WorldWar. We started in 1996 with research on the composer Leo Smit. Since then we have researched and performed the music of more than 100 composers.

  • Serenade – 21st January 2013

Music by Erwin Schulhoff, Ernest Bloch and excerpts from a spectacular violin sonata by the Romanian composer Stan Golestan.

Jacques Thibaud Ensemble: Eleonore Pameijer – flute; Burkhard Maiss – violin; Bogdan Jianu – cello; Andrei Banciu – piano

  • Verschwiegene Lieder – 18th February 2013

Songs from Czechia, Germany and the Netherlands including many styles of the first half of the twentieth century from Late Romanticism and Impressionism/Expressionism to avantgarde and jazz influences.

Robbert Muuse – baritone; Micha vanWeers – piano

  • Chants de Catulle – 18thMarch

An unusual ensemble including soprano, violin, clarinet and piano. In different combinations, four women play the music of composers who fled Germany in the 1930s.

Gauguin Ensemble: Yfynke Hoogeveen – clarinet; Loes van Ras – piano; Irene Maessen – soprano; Sonja van Beek – violin

  • Coplas Sephardies – 15th April 2013

Jascha Nemtsov and Tehila Nini Goldstein present works by Russian Jewish composers who at the start of the 20th century were producing a new Jewish sound.

Tehila Nini Goldstein – mezzo soprano; Eleonore Pameijer – flute; Jascha Nemtsov – piano


Tickets - 020-6250078, of contact the Leo Smit Foundation, +31 20 422 7001 / /

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