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dedicated to the Quatuor féminin de Paris

Opus 36


  • Legley completed this song cycle on texts by René Ménard on 28[1] January 1950 in Woluwe.
  • The earliest documented performance took place on 16 March 1952 in the Gran Casino del Foment in Terrassa. The performers were the Quatuor féminin de Paris[2] and the pianist Teresa Balcells.[3]


  • instrumentation: 4 women's voices (SSAA) and piano
  • duration: ca 7'


  • I. Andante
    • text incipit: Et voici un homme avec son pas égal
    • time signature: 5/4
  • II. Moderato
    • text incipit: Toute distance a la mesure d'une arète de cristal
    • time signature: 2/4
  • III. Moderato
    • text incipit: L'eau, le sable et la soie de l'aube
    • time signature: 4/4


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4085
  • first edition: CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1959


  1. De Roeck (p.314) mistakenly gives 29.
  2. Reine Aubier, Gabrielle Dumaine, Raymonde Senecal and Marcelle Lislian.
  3. De Roeck, p.315.