Cantique spirituel/en

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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.
  • This work was first performed on 3 June 1950 by the Quatuor féminin de Paris and an unknown pianist at Flagey in Brussels.[2]


  • instrumentation: 4 women's voices[3] 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) erroneously gives 29.
  2. See:
    • Anonymous: A la Radio in Le Soir of 3 June 1950, p.9
    • Anonymous: Radiorubriek in De Nieuwe Gids of 3 June 1950, p.8
    • Anonymous: Radio Programma in Het Laatste Nieuws of 3 June 1950, p.15
    • Anonymous: Radio in Gazet van Antwerpen of 3 June 1950, p.13.
    Although the title of the work is nowhere to be found in the radio reports, Cantique spirituel is the only work for female choir that Legley had already composed in 1950. De Roeck (p.315) lists the members of the Quatuor féminin de Paris at performances in Spain in 1952: Reine Aubier, Gabrielle Dumaine, Raymonde Senecal and Marcelle Lislian. During the concerts in Spain the quartet was accompanied by Spanish pianists, Teresa Balcells and Jesus Yepes, in Belgium they were probably accompanied by a pianist who was connected to the Belgian radio.
  3. SSAA.