3 South African songs

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dedicated to Diane Legley[1]

Opus 79


  • Legley used poetry in Afrikaans by Elisabeth Eybers for this song cycle.
  • This opus was completed by Legley on 6 November 1972 in Koksijde.
  • On 12 March 1973, the cycle was premiered in Ypres' music academy by soprano Frida Neels and an unknown pianist.[2]


  • instrumentation: soprano and piano
  • duration: ca 12'


  • I. Die eerste nag [The first night]
    • text incipit: Hoe veilig en stil is mij kindjie se slaap [How safe and quiet is my baby's sleep]
      Legley 79-1.jpg
  • II. Circe
    • text incipit: Luister jij nog? [Are you still listening?]
      Legley 79-2.jpg
  • III. Verhaal [Story]
    • text incipit: 'n Vrouw het stil geword van baie wag [A woman fell silent after much waiting]
      Legley 79-3.jpg


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4043
  • photocopy of the autograph of an early version: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), no shelf number yet (Legley archive). This photocopy contains many annotations by Legley.


  1. Legley's granddaughter. The autograph reads: voor Diane(ke) [for (little) Diane]
  2. De Roeck, p.456.