Paradise regained (1946)/en

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dedicated to Robert Besard[1] and Beatrix Legley-Souvage[2]

Opus 26


  • Song cycle on texts by Hendrik Marsman.
  • Legley composed this work in 1946 (see below for more details), but he withdrew it in 1976.[3] Opus 70 replaces the work.
  • According to the photocopy of the autograph, the work was performed for the first time in 1969 at the Liège Conservatory. More details are not known.


  • instrumentation: voice and string quartet[4]
  • duration: ca 10'


  • 1. Afscheid [Farewell]
    • text incipit: Ik ga op weg en laat mijn huis verduisteren in het avondrood [I go on my way and let my house be darkened in the evening red]
    • completed on 13 December 1946[5] in Brussels
    • tempo: Adagio doloroso
  • 2. Twee vrienden [Two friends]
    • dedicated to Robert Besard[1]
    • text incipit: De maan maakt de nacht tot een sneeuwwit veld [The moon makes the night into a snow-white field]
    • completed on 5 December 1946
    • tempo: Andante, quasi adagio
  • 3. Paradise regained
    • dedicated to Beatrix Legley-Souvage[2]
    • text incipit: De zon en de zee springen bliksemend open [The sun and the sea leap open lightning]
    • completed on 27 November 1946
    • tempo: Allegro moderato



  1. 1.0 1.1 The second song was composed voor Bert [for Bert], Robert Besard was in that period a good friend of Legley's.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The third song was composed voor Bea [for Bea], in all likelihood Legley's wife.
  3. On 29 March 1976, he took along this autograph from CeBeDeM, but a photocopy (©1952) of it was kept in the documentation centre and is now present in the library of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels (see sources)
  4. 2 violins, viola and cello.
  5. De Roeck (p.290) mistakenly gives 3 december.
  6. According to De Roeck (p.285), this autograph would have been present in the archives kept by Legley's son. In 2011 however, these archives were donated to the library of the Royal Conservatory Brussels, where the work is not present. Perhaps the family Legley still owns the manuscript.
  7. In the VRT archives, another photocopy of the autograph can be found (shelf number T1642). In this copy the beautifully illustrated title page of Legley's manuscript was photocopied as well.