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Leo Smit (1900-1943) was an outstanding Dutch composer of Jewish background who was ultimately murdered in Sobibor. His premature death at the hands of the Nazis represents a tremendous musical loss. Amongst his pupils was the prodigiously talented Dick Kattenburg (1919-1944). It can easily be imagined that, had he survived the Holocaust, Leo Smit’s talent might have become universally acknowledged. Smit’s unique musical voice often combines French coloured harmonies and Stravinskian melodic angularity and jazz inflections to produce a style that is satisfyingly complex yet thoroughly accessible.


Leo Smit Foundation website. Accessed 2 June 2017.

[photo of Leo Smit]. n.d. Web. 15 June, 2017.