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Maju Lion Samehtini, birth 1 Jan 1779 Middelburg, son of Levie Marcus van LEEUWAARDEN and Magteltje BLOK
5 febr 1827: toon en zangkunstlessen, Gortstr. lett. K, nr. 27, Middelburg, later Hoogstr. lett. I, nr. 29; is waarschijnlijk Meijer Levie van LEEUWARDEN

Married 4 Aug 1814 Middelburg to:
Fijtje ( Vrouwtje ) Emanuel Kunstenaar, birth 1 Jan 1789 Amsterdam, occupation: borduurster, daughter of Leendert Emanuel (KUNSTENAAR) and Saartje Meijer (KNOKER)
1) Samuel Maju Samehtini, birth 20 MRT 1816 Middelburg, died 10 Dec 1879 Amsterdam, buried 12 Dec 1879 Zeeburg Begraafveld C Rij 9 Nr 36, occupation: Muzykmeester, componist
Jewish-Italian background
Samehtini was born in Middelburg, in the province of Zeeland, on 14 March 1816, as the oldest son of the textile merchant and then music teacher Maju Lion (Meijer Levi) Samehtini and Fijtje Emanuel (Kunstenaar).[1] His family was of Jewish-Italia n origin and was well known in the Dutch music scene for about a century.[2]
The Hague period
Thanks to the scholarship from the 'Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Toonkunst', which the young Toonkunst-Department of Middelburg promoted him for, he could visit the Koninklijke Muziekschool (the present-day Royal Conservatory) in The Hague. Th is fact is commemorated in the earliest surviving composition of Samehtini, a vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment entitled 'Dankbare proeve' from 1833.[3] The piece was written when he was just 16 or 17 years old. Samuel Maju finished hi s education most successfully, being part of the Court Chapel of The Hague.
Return to Middelburg
After finishing his education, he offered his services to the people of his home town by placing an advertisement in the Middelburgsche Courant in August 1834.[4] At his house in the Hoogstraat in Middelburg, music lovers could enjoy violin-, pian o-, guitar- or singing classes.
Leeuwarden period
In 1839, he moved to Leeuwarden in the province of Friesland as a music teacher. In the Frisian capital he soon became famous both as a violinist and as a conductor and composer. He was allowed to write a festive march for the visit of King Willia m III to Leeuwarden on 29 April 1852. His work was performed by the Leeuwarden 'Muziekvereniging Crescendo Euphonia' as part of a torch lit serenade on the Gouverneursplein and was received enthusiastically by the public.[5] Samehtini's 'Leeuwarde r Polka' is most likely part of his productive Leeuwarden years.
On 16 August 1848, Samehtini got married in Leeuwarden to stockbrokers daughter Carolina Neumark, who gave him six children. One of them was the famous horn player, conductor, and energetic composer Maurits Samehtini (1863-1943).
Amsterdam period
Samehtini moved from Leeuwarden to Amsterdam, where he continued his (main) job of music teacher. He left his home near the 'Vrouwenpoort', one of Leeuwardens city gates, in the autumn of 1854, to live in Amsterdam. Here, in the summer of 1873 , he celebrated his silver wedding anniversary. In honour of the deceased Dutch writer and linguist Jacob van Lennep (1802-1868), he wrote a funeral march for the piano.
Six years after the silver wedding anniversary Samehtini died on 10 December 1879 in his home near the Rokin in Amsterdam. According to a mourning ad he died after a short illness. Two days later the funeral took place on the Jewish Cemetery 'Zeeb urg' (now part of the Flevopark). The newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad of that month mentioned him as a 'schepper van menige gelukkige compositie' ('creator of many well made compositions'). His music classes were very much appreciated.[6]
adres bij overlijden: Wijde Kapelsteeg 4
very much appreciated.[6]
1. ^ Zeeuws Archief, Middelburg, Netherlands, Civil registration Middelburg, birth certificate 18 March 1816 nr. 108.
2. ^ Scherft, 'Speurtocht', p. 132.
3. ^ Original manuscript in Zeeuws Archief, Middelburg, Netherlands, archive Koninklijke Zangvereniging Tot Oefening en Uitspanning, Middelburg (class 1522), 25, a 2002 performance on SoundCloud.
4. ^ Zeeuwse Bibliotheek, Middelburg, Netherlands, newspaper Middelburgsche Courant, 16 August 1834, page 2.
5. ^ Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands, newspaper Leeuwarder Courant, 30 April 1852, page 1.
6. ^ Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands, newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad, 21 December 1879, page 1.

Married 16 Aug 1848 Leeuwarden to:
Carolina Neumark, birth 4 Feb 1820 Leeuwarden, died 12 OKT 1891 Amsterdam, occupation: Modiste, daughter of Isac Meijer Neumark and Hester Izaks Duparc
volgens Wie Was Wie geboren vrijdag 1 Dec 1820; huwelijksaktenr.: 123
2) Lion Mahieu SAMEHTINI, birth 17 MEI 1817 Middelburg, died 15 OKT 1817 Middelburg
3) Meni (Emanuel) SAMEHTINI, birth 16 Jan 1819 Middelburg, died 31 MEI 1850 Amsterdam, occupation: muzikant
Married 9 Jul 1845 Amsterdam to:
Betje Israel van Lier, birth 11 Dec 1824 Amsterdam, died 16 Jun 1894 Amsterdam, daughter of Israel Azriel Joseph Juzpe van Lier and Fijtje Fraadche Abraham van WINTER
4) Lion Maju Leib SAMEHTINI, birth 1 MRT 1821 Middelburg, died 13 Jul 1891 Middelburg, occupation: koopman, muziekant
Married 19 Nov 1856 Middelburg to:
Esther de GROOT, birth 27 MRT 1829 Middelburg, died 21 MEI 1862 Middelburg, daughter of Emanuel Aron de GROOT and Sara Mozes GROEN
5) Saartje SAMEHTINI, birth 18 Aug 1822 Middelburg, died 12 Apr 1891 Rotterdam
Married 28 Nov 1845 Middelburg to:
Jochem (Joachim) de GROOT, birth 20 Jun 1820 Veere/Middelburg, died NA 1910 Rotterdam ?, occupation: onderwijzer, kleermaker,, son of Meijer Calman de GROOT and Rachel Nathan SPIER
onderwijzer, kleermaker, muziekant
6) Jetje Samehtini, birth 28 Apr 1825 Middelburg, died 9 Nov 1877 Middelburg
Married 29 Aug 1849 Middelburg to:
Meyer Samuel Mossel, birth CA 1825 Amsterdam, son of Samuel Salomon Mossel and Branca Mozes Hoepelman
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