Forgotten and Suppressed Dutch Composers of World War II: A Presentation on Selected Piano Compositions of Daniel Belinfante
AbstractDutch Jewish composers, because of their religion or their resistance to the Nazi regime, were suppressed during WWII. Their music was forbidden from performance and publication and many composers were sent to concentration camps, went into hiding, or fled the Netherlands as refugees. Since most of the works from this time exist only in manuscript, there are almost no recordings and few performances. Belinfante wrote at least 18 works for piano and, like many composers of the time, his works reflect the influence of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel as well as jazz music. Daniel helped to hide family members and others during the Nazi occupation and was later interred in Auschwitz where he died in 1945. Many manuscripts were rediscovered in 2004 and are found in the Netherlands Muziekinstituut. This lecture-recital focuses on music before the war, includes a brief performance of works, and is a result of research I conducted as Fulbright Scholar in The Netherlands, 2015.