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Opus 73


  • Song cycle on poems by Jean Kestelijn.
  • Completed on 23 July 1968 in Woluwe.


  • instrumentation: baritone and piano
  • duration: ca 12'


  • I. Nous ne sommes vraiment pas beaux à voir
    • tempo: Andante moderato
    • time signature:
  • II. Il ne faut pas nous prendre pour des crédules
    • tempo: Allegro energico
    • time signature: 4/4
  • III. Je sais que le genre humain est comparable à la douce et lente moissisure
    • tempo: Molto adagio
    • time signature:
      III. Molto adagio
  • IV. Frère Jacques
    • tempo: Andantino con moto
    • time signature: 4/4+3/8
  • V. Cette nuit je me suis mis au lit pieds nus.
    • tempo: Quasi adagio
    • time signature: 3/4
  • VI. La nuit porte des cornes
    • tempo: Allegro giocoso
    • time signature: 2/4


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4037[1]


  1. In a photocopy of this autograph (Royal Conservatory Brussels: Legley archive), the baritone part of the sixth song was almost entirely transposed a minor third upwards, on p.17 a few rhythmical and textual corrections have been added as well.