Small carnival overture

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dedicated to André Rieu


  • Legley composed this work between 21 and 30 January 1954 in Brussels.[1]
  • Tessely (p.36): In 1954, the Maastricht City Orchestra commissioned Victor Legley to compose "Carnival in Maastricht" with Jan Mul and Malti Niël. In Legley's "Small carnival overture" there are two episodes: the firing of the canon and the hanging of the Mooswief.[2]
  • First performance on 24 February 1954 in the Maastricht theatre by the Maastrichts Stedelijk Orkest conducted by André Rieu.[3]


  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[4]
  • tempo: Allegro molto
  • time signature: 4/4
  • duration: ca 4'


  • first edition (study score): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1958


  1. First edition, p.32.
  2. Jef Somers (see below) describes the piece as follows: Of the contribution by Victor Legley from Brussels, the spontaneity and the musicianship at this first audition have not yet fully penetrated our minds; the piece depicts the beginning of the Carnival celebrations Sunday morning after High Mass and one can hear the cannon being fired and one sees the hanging of the Mooswief.
    See also:
    • Anonymous: <no title> in the Algemeen Handelsblad of 10 February 1954, p.4
    • Anonymous: Compositie "Carnaval Maastricht" in the Limburgsch Dagblad of 10 February 1954, p.1
    • Anonymous: Carnavalsconcert MSO in De Volkskrant of 11 February 1954, p.3
    • Anonymous: Carnavalsconcert in Maastricht. Befaamde componisten en een compositie van drie man in De Tijd of 13 February 1954, p.15
    • Anonymous: Aardig idee: Carnavalsconcert in Amigoe di Curacao of 18 February 1954, p.1
    • Anonymous: Maastricht Carnavalsconcert van het M.S.O. in the Limburgsch dagblad of 22 February 1954, p.7
    • VAN T.: Carnavalsconcert in Maastricht. Eén suite van drie componisten in De Volkskrant of 25 February 1954, p.3
    • Anonymous: Carnavalsconcert in het Limburgsch dagblad of 25 February 1954, p.9
    • SOMERS, Jef: Carnaval. Maastrichtse concertzaal in the Limburgsch Dagblad of 26 February 1954, p.3.
  3. De Roeck, p.331. See also footnote 2.
  4. 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.