String quartet 1

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dedicated to the Carlo Van Neste Quartet

original title: Eerste snarenkwartet[1]

Opus 5


  • Legley completed this composition on 10 March 1941 in Brussels.[2]
  • This string quartet was first heard on the radio on 25 February 1942.[3]
  • On 5 February 1943, the work was performed for the first time during a concert in the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels by the Carlo Van Neste Quartet.[4]


  • instrumentation: string quartet[5]
  • duration: ca 18'


  • I. Allegro moderato
    Legley 5-1.jpg
  • II. Andante
    Legley 5-2.jpg
  • III. [Scherzo]]
    • Vivace
      Legley 5-3-1.jpg
    • Allegretto scherzando
      Legley 5-3-2.jpg
    • Trio: Poco più lento
      Legley 5-3-3.jpg
  • IV. Allegro giocoso (ma non troppo vivace)
    Legley 5-4.jpg


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4000.
  • handwritten parts: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number 75387


  1. Snarenkwartet is old-fashioned Dutch for strijkkwartet [string quartet], eerste means first.
  2. Legley's commentary on a note accompanying the autograph of the work: Hier steekt een beetje veel Hindemith in, maar ik durf er toch tevreden over zijn. [There's quite a bit of Hindemith in this, but I dare say I'm satisfied with it.]
  3. Anonymous: Radio - Woensdag, 25 februari in Het Vlaamsche Land of 25 February 1942, p.4. More details are not known. Presumably, the radio station was Radio Brussel.
  4. Anonymous: Kultuurleven te Brussel in Volk en Staat of 31 January 1943, p.5. E.V.D.V.: Muziekleven te Brussel. De kwartettenreeks der Philharmonische Vereeniging. Eerste avond in Het Algemeen Nieuws of 9 February 1943, p.2. J.HD.: Brusselsch Koncertleven. Van Neste-Kwartet in Het Laatste Nieuws of 10 February 1943, p.2. DE TRIAY, Auguste: Chronique musicale. Concerts de la semaine. Concerts de quatuor in Le Soir of 10 February 1943, p.1. ELBE: Muziek. Quatuor Van Neste in Het Nieuws van den Dag of 11 February 1943, p.3. Year, place and performers are also mentioned in CeBeDeM - lijst werken: Œuvres de Victor Legley, p.1.
  5. 2 violins, viola and cello.