Sonata for viola and piano

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Opus 13


  • Legley completed this sonata on 23 November 1943[1] in Brussels.
  • The first performance was given by Gerard Ruymen and Frieda Pey in January 1945 at a concert organised by the Séminaire des Arts at Flagey in Brussels.[2]


  • instrumentation: viola and piano
  • duration: ca 17'30"[3]


  • I. Adagio (12/8) - Allegro moderato (12/8)
    Legley 13-1.jpg
  • II. Lento (4/4)
    Legley 13-2.jpg
  • III. Allegro scherzando (3/4)
    Legley 13-3.jpg
  • IV. Moderato (2/4) - Giocoso, ma non troppo vivo[4] (2/4)
    Legley 13-4.jpg


  • Phaedra: recording by Diederik Suys and Filip Martens.


  • photocopy of the autograph (score and part): Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), Legley archive[5]
  • first edition (score and part): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1955


  1. The viola part of the first edition incorrectly indicates 23 IX 1943
  2. CeBeDeM - lijst werken: Œuvres de Victor Legley, p.1. More details are not known.
  3. Thus in the autograph. CeBeDeM and the first edition round off to 18', De Roeck (p.266) gives 19'.
  4. In the viola parts of the autograph and the first edition: ...vivace.
  5. The autograph itself could not yet be found.