Forbidden Music Regained

A project from the Leo Smit Foundation.
During the Second World War, many composers were persecuted by the Nazi’s, because they either had a Jewish background or refused to comply with Nazi rules. Their music was banned from all public performance. The Leo Smit Foundation, founded by Eleonore Pameijer in 1996, is committed to regain this music.

In more than 200 concerts, we have brought to life music that was lost and forgotten. On our website, we share with musicians, programmers and music lovers worldwide what we have found, starting with music from composers who lived and worked in the Netherlands.

Here you will find a presentation of Forbidden Music Regained.
Biographies and compositions by 35 composers.
Have a look at our repertoire catalogue and find your favourite music with a search engine.

Together with the Netherlands Music Institute and Publising House Donemus,
we are in the process of publishing many scores. They are available in computer print
in a special series under the name of Forbidden Music Regained.