Prelude for a ballet

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Opus 75


  • Composed in Koksijde during the months April and May 1969.
  • Legley intended to write an amusing ballet, for which this prelude would serve as an overture.[1]
  • First performance on 18 September 1969 by the Liège Royal Philharmonique conducted by François Huybrechts during the Festival van Vlaanderen.[2]


  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[3]
  • duration: 8'[4]


  • Allegro
    • time signature: 2/4
  • Allegro spiritoso
    • time signature: 2/4
  • Tempo primo
    • time signature: 3/8


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4038


  1. Legley writes in his autograph: Ceci est l'ouverture pour un ballet (amusant), que j'aimerais bien écrire, si dieu me prête vie et si la paperasserie administrative me prête le temps et la tête.
  2. See:
    • Anonymous: Un jeune chef d'orchestre belge François Huybrechts (23 ans) va faire ses débuts à Bruxelles in Le Soir of 16 September 1969, p.7
    • STEHMAN, Jacques: Le Festival des Flandres au Conservatoire in Le Soir of 20 September 1969, p.7
    • De Roeck, p.446
  3. Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion and strings.
  4. De Roeck, p.446.