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Opus 32

History

  • Song cycle on texts by Marcel Coole.
  • Legley composed these songs between May 1947 en April 1948.
  • First performance in January[1] 1949 at the Vlaamse Club in Brussels by Frans Mertens (tenor) and Frieda Pey (piano).[2]

Music

  • instrumentation: tenor[3] and piano
  • duration: 18'

Parts

  • I. Thans is het tijd dat ik mij ga bezinnen [Now it is time for me to reflect]
    • tempo: Moderato, senza rigore, ma energico
  • II. Nimmer heb ik kunnen kiezen [I've never could choose]
    • tempo: Andantino
    • time signature: 3/4
  • III. Nu zoek ik mijn weg door een donker bosch [Now I search my way through a dark wood][4]
    • tempo: Allegro moderato
    • time signature: 5/4
  • IV. Nu dat ik beheerschen zal mijn gebaren en mijn woorden [Now I will control my gestures and my words][4]
    • tempo: Andante ma molto energico
    • time signature: 3/2
  • V. Ik ben een nieuw schip dat zich van de kade heeft losgerukt [I am a new ship that has torn itself loose from the quay][5]
    • tempo: Allegro
    • time signature: 3/4
  • VI. Dagen, jaren, eeuwen, heb ik gezwegen [Days, years, centuries, I've kept silent][6]
    • tempo: Allegro non troppo ma molto deciso
    • time signature: 2/4
  • VII. Nu sta ik op den blanken berg van licht [Now I stand on the white hill][4]
    • tempo: Allegro molto energico
    • time signature: 4/4
  • VIII. Thans versta ik dieper de zin der dingen [Now I understand more profoundly the sense of things][4]
    • tempo: Andantino espressivo[7]
    • time signature: 4/4
  • IX. Blauw zit achter de wolken, sneeuw achter de zon [Blue is behind the clouds, snow behind the sun][4]
    • tempo: Allegretto grazioso
    • time signature: 3/4
  • X. Nu verdwijnen de bergen en de dalen [Now the hills en dales disappear][4]
    • tempo: (8th note) poco plus lent que (8th note) de n°9
    • time signature: 6/8

Sources

  • photocopy of the autograph (PA): Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), Legley archives

Notes

  1. 27? De Roeck p.30.
  2. CeBeDeM - lijst werken: Oeuvres de Victor Legley, p.1. More details are not known.
  3. PA doesn't specify the voice type. PA shows that some of the songs have been transposed for a performance, Legley must have known about, see the transposition notes at the separate songs.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Transposition note in PA: "(2t)"
  5. Transposition note in PA: "(1 1/2t)"
  6. Transposition note in PA: "t)" (photocopied incompletely)
  7. Tessely (p.140) mistakenly gives Andante espressivo.