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Symphonie in C

By Leo Smit

Orchestra (2222 2200 timp str)
21 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 119/026
published score
order printed score here


I. Adagio. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Menuetto. Trio

IV. Rondo. Molto allegro

First performance

Jul 2, 1938 Hilversum, VARA studio - VARA Orchestra, conductor Karel Mengelberg

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