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 symphony orchestra of Liège conducted by François Huybrechts during the Festival van Vlaanderen.[2]


  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[3]
  • duration: 8'[2]


  • 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. 2.0 2.1 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.