Suite for large orchestra

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dedicated to Corneel Mertens

Opus 18


  • Legley completed this suite on 22 November 1944 in Brussels.
  • With this work Legley won the Irène Fuerison prize in 1945, the device of the work was La seule chose qu'il faut craindre, c'est la peur [The only thing to fear is fear].[1]
  • The suite was first performed on 8 March 1946 by the NIR orchestra under the baton of Léonce Gras at Flagey in Brussels. This concert was also broadcast on Radio Brussel.[2]


  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[3]
  • duration: ca 24'


  • I. Prelude
    • tempo: Allegro con fuoco
    • time signature: 2/4
  • II. Sarabande
    • tempo: Pochissimo meno vivo
    • time signature: 3/4
  • III. Menuet
    • time signature: 3/4
  • IV. Pavane
    • time signature: 4/4
  • V. Gigue
    • time signature: 6/8


  • Youtube: recording by the National Orchestra of Belgium conducted by Fernand Quinet.



  1. The jury report of the competition can be found in the Académie royale de Belgique under the same shelf number as autograph 2. It consists of 3 letters by the jury members to the academy:
    1. François Rasse (18 January 1945),
    2. Joseph Jongen (January or February 1945) and
    3. Joseph Ryelandt (March 1945).
  2. Anonymous: La Radio in La Libre Belgique of 8 March 1946, p.4. Only year, conductor and place can be found in CeBeDeM - lijst werken: Œuvres de Victor Legley, p.1. On 8 June 1946 a first performance of the work was announced in the section Radio in Gazet van Antwerpen, p.3.
  3. Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet in E b, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, celesta, piano, 2 harps and strings (16-14-12-10-8).
  4. This autograph was completed on 18 October 1945.