Concerto for viola and orchestra

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dedicated to Bruno Giuranna

Opus 78


  • Legley composed this concerto in 1971. It was commissioned by Festival van Vlaanderen - Gent.
  • The first performance took place in the former Royal Opera of Ghent on 6 September 1971 during the Festival van Vlaanderen. Performers were Bruno Giuranna and the Liège Royal Philharmonique conducted by Wyn Morris.[1]


  • instrumentation: solo viola and symphony orchestra[2]
  • duration: ca 32'


  • Furioso [Cadenza]
    • solo viola
  • I. Andantino grazioso - Più vivo
    • time signature: 6/8
  • II. Quasi adagio
    • time signature: 4/4
  • II. Allegro commodo spiritoso
    • time signature: 4/4


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4042
  • autograph piano reduction: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4041
  • photocopy of a handwritten viola part: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), no shelf number yet (Legley archive)
  • first edition (reduction for viola and piano): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1978


  1. De Roeck, p.453.
  2. 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, harp and strings.