9 Aphorisms

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Opus 65


  • Legley composed his aphorisms in March and April 1966.
  • The work was 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: Vader schrijft: werd 1 keer opgevoerd, katastroof: moet weg. Ik zal dit toch nazien! [Father writes: was performed once, disaster: has to disappear. After all, I'll revise it!].[1]


  • instrumentation: brass quintet[2]
  • duration: ca 10'30"[3]


  • 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[4], shelf number KAMER 1364
  • handwritten parts: Music library of the former NIR[4], shelf number KAMER 1364


  1. LEGLEY, Walter: Vader: resterende werken, notes in the Legley archive in the library of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
  2. 2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba.
  3. Calculation based on the metronome figures in the photocopy of Legley's autograph (these figures are written by Legley).
  4. 4.0 4.1 This music library is currently kept in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.