Le Bal des Halles/en

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Opus 43

History

Version 1

  • Legley composed this work in 1954 for "Les Amis Belges de l’Aliah des jeunes".[1] It was part of a joint composition (Les Bals de Paris). In 1959, Legley made a revision of the work.[1][2]
  • The first performance was played on 17 November 1954 in La Monnaie in Brussels by the La Monnaie symphony orchestra conducted by René Defossez. Jean-Jacques Etchevery was the director of the ballet, Edmond Delescluze designed the scenery and Suzanne Fabry the costumes.[3]

Version 2

  • In 1984, Legley made a transcription for concert band.[1]
  • The first performance of this version took place on 16 July 1985 in Kerkrade and was played by the Groot Harmonieorkest der Gidsen conducted by Norbert Nozy.[1]

Music

  • instrumentation:
    • version 1: symphony orchestra[4]
    • version 2: concert band
  • duration: ca 15'

Parts

  • I. Lever, le petit jour sur les Halles[5]
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • II. Entrée des maraîchères et des forts
    • tempo: Moderato e un poco pesante
    • time signature: 3/4
  • III. Le patron et le cocher
    • tempo: Un poco più vivo (tempo di polka)
    • time signature: 2/4
  • IV. La vieille mendiante
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 3/4
  • V. L'apprentie et l'ouvrier
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 2/4
  • VI. Les messagères et les bourgeoises. Dispute avec les maraichères
    • tempo: Allegro ma non troppo
    • time signature: 2/4
  • VII. Le joueur de clarinette
    • tempo: Tempo di Valse
    • time signature: 3/4
  • VIII. Finale
    • tempo: Allegro vivace
    • time signature: 2/4

Sources

  • autograph 1 of version 1: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4021. Final autograph.
  • autograph 2 of version 1: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4022. Autograph with many corrections as a preparation for autograph 1.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 De Roeck, pp.337-341.
  2. The work was registered by SABAM on 20 May 1959 (see page 99 of autograph 2).
  3. Digital archives of La Monnaie.
  4. Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, percussion, harp and strings.
  5. In autograph 2: "...de Paris".