9 Aphorisms

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Opus 65


  • Legley composed his aphorisms in March and April 1966.
  • The work has been performed once, annotations on the score suggest that it was written for a film or a television programme.
  • Legley withdrew this composition. His son writes: Father writes: has been performed once, disaster: has to disappear. After all, I'll revise it![1][2]


  • instrumentation: brass quintet[3]
  • duration: ca 10'30"[4]


  • I. Religioso
    Legley Aforismes-1.jpg
  • II. Vivace
    • time signature: 5/8
  • III. Andante - Moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • IV. Scherzando
    • time signature: 2/4
  • V. Religioso
    • tempo: Adagio
    • time signature: 4/4
  • VI. Fugatissimo
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 3/4
  • VII. Grazioso
    • time signature: 6/8
  • VIII. Vivo e leggiero
    • time signature: 2/4
  • IX. Religioso
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 2/4


  • photocopy of the autograph: Music library of the former NIR, shelf number KAMER 1364
  • handwritten parts: Music library of the former NIR, shelf number KAMER 1364


  1. Dutch: Vader schrijft: werd 1 keer opgevoerd, katastroof: moet weg. Ik zal dit toch nazien!
  2. Walter Legley: Vader: resterende werken, notes in Legley's archives in the library of the Royal Conservatory Brussels.
  3. 2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba.
  4. Calculation based on the metronome numbers in the photocopy of Legley's autograph (these numbers are written by Legley).