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Leo Smit

Leo Smit was a Dutch composer of Portuguese-Jewish descent. He was born in 1900 and studied piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory, followed by composition studies with Bernard Zweers and Sem Dresden. Some years later the Concertgebouw Orchestra performed his work Silhouetten. Critics noted the use of peculiar African jazz band sound combinations. In 1927, Smit moved to Paris, at that time the bustling musical centre of the world. Here, he allowed compositions by colleagues like Ravel and Stravinsky to affect his own music - with audible results. Halfway through the nineteen thirties he discovered his own unique style: a harmonic combination of lyricism, impulsiveness, spirituality and intellect. Leo Smit returned to Amsterdam in 1937 and during the war continued his work as a composer. On 12th February 1943 he completed an exquisite sonata for the flute and piano. On 27th April 1943, Leo Smit was transported to Sobibor, where he was killed three days later.

Leo Smit Foundation

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1922 Silhouetten 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Adagio
- Allegro
- Scherzo
- Menuetto
- Capricio
- Forte (Foxtrot)

Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest cond. Ed Spanjaard

1926 Suite for Piano 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Prelude
- Forlane
- Rondeau

Influenced by the piano works of Ravel

Frans van Ruth - Piano

1926 Suite for Piano 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

- Prelude
- Forlane
- Rondeau

Influenced by the piano works of Ravel

Ronald Brautegam - Piano

1926 Forlane et Rondeau 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Orchestrated by Godfried Devreese

Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest cond. Ed Spanjaard

1926 Trio for Flute, Harp and Viola 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Trio a Madame Rosa Spier

Influences of Albert Roussel

Eleonore Pameijer - Flute
Erika Waardenburg - Harp
Edith van Moergestel - Viola

1928 Sextet for Woodwinds (4) and Horn 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Eleonore Pameijer - Flute
Esther Probst - Oboe
Noelle Probst - Bassoon
Jan Harshagen - Horn
Ivar Berix - Clarinet
Frans van Ruth - Piano
1928 Sextet for Woodwinds (4) and Horn 4.00 stars CD
Arthur Bliss Comments:

Ensemble Villa Musica

1929 Schemselnihar Ballet for Orchestra 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Prélude première partie, Allegro
Danse, Meno allegro
Cortège de Schemselnihar
Scherzando, Allegro ma non troppo
L’istesso tempo, Allegro ma non troppo
Lento (ma non troppo)

Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest cond. Ed Spanjaard

1928-1930 Deux Hommages for Piano 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Frans van Ruth - Piano
1929-1932 Quintet for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello & Harp 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Allegro
- Lento
- Allegro Vivace

Eleonore Pameijer - Flute
Erika Waardenburg - Harp
Jacobien Rozemond - Violin
Edith van Moergestel - Viola
Doris Hochscheid - Cello

1929-1932 Quintet for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello & Harp 4.00 stars CD
Arthur Bliss Comments:

- Allegro
- Lento
- Allegro Vivace

Ensemble Villa Musica

1933 Concertino for Harp and Orchestra 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Dedicated to Rosa Spier

Godelieve Schrama / Harp
Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest cond. Ed Spanjaard

1934-1936 Symphony in C 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Adagio - Allegro
- Adagio
- Menuetto - Trio
- Rondo

Nederlands Kamerorkest cond. Lucas Vis

1937 Concertino for Cello and Orchestra 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Lenti
- Scherzando
- Allegro Vivace

Quirine Viersen - Cello
Nederlands Kamerorkest cond. Philippe Entremont

1937 Concerto for Piano and Windinstruments 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Allegro Moderato
- Lento (choral)
- Allegro vivace

Bart van de Roer - Piano
Nederlands Filharmonisch Orkest cond. Lucas Vis

1938 Trio for clarinet, viola & piano 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Allegretto
- Lento
- Allegro moderato

Frans van Ruth - Piano
Ivar Berix - Clarinet
Edith van Moergestel - Viola

1938 Trio for clarinet, viola & piano 4.00 stars 4 CD
Arthur Bliss Comments:

Ensemble Villa Musica

1938 La Mort 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Text: Charles Baudelaire

Valerie Guillorit - Soprano
Helena Rasker - Mezzo Soprano
Frans van Ruth - Piano

1938 Duo (Suite) for Oboe and Cello 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:

Ernest Rombout - Oboe
Doris Hochscheid - Cello

1938 Duo for Oboe and Cello 4.00 stars CD
Arthur Bliss Comments:

Ensemble Villa Musica

1938 Small Prelude of Ravel 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Text by Martinus Nijhoff

Wilke te Brummelstroete - Mezzo Soprano
Frans van Ruth - Piano

1939 De Bruid (The Bride) 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Text by Jan Prins

Kamerkoor Nieuwe Muziek cond. Réne Nieuwint

1940 Concerto for Viola and Strings 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Allegro ma non troppo
- Lento
- Rodo

Daniel Raiskin - Viola
Nederlands Kamerorkest cond. Philippe Entremont

1941 Twelve Piece for Piano 4 hands 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
Naar school
Spelevaren
Vroolijke dans
Ieder op zijn beurt
Schommelen
Broertje leert lopen
Regendruppels
Marsch
Verdriet
Walsje
Wiegelied
Besluit

Marjès Benoist _ Piano
Frans van Ruth - Piano

1942 Divertimento for Piano 4 hands 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Alegro ma non troppo
- Lento
- Allegro con fioco

Marjès Benoist - Piano
Frans van Ruth - Piano

1943 Sonata for Flute and Piano 4.00 stars 4 CD
Comments:
- Alegro ma non troppo
- Lento
- Allegro moderato

Eleonore Pameijer - Flute
Frans van Ruth - Piano