Forbidden Music Regained

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By Leo Smit

Chamber music
String Quartet (2 violins, viola, cello) (2 vl vla vc)
7 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 119/003
published score
order printed score here


Unfinished. Only piano reduction exists. Third and fourth movement only as a sketch (March 1943) First movement and several bars second movement transcribed for string quartet by Jeff Hamburg in 2000

I. -

II. Scherzo

III. Lento

IV. Finale

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