Symphony 2

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Opus 29


  • Legley completed his second symphony on 21 December 1947 in Brussels.
  • First performance on 22 January 1953 at the Kursaal in Ostend, the conductor was Emile De Vlieger.[1][2]


  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[3]
  • duration: ca 20'


  • I.
    • Allegro impetuoso
      • time signature: 3/4
    • Molto allegro e appassionato
      • time signature: 3/4
    • Tempo primo
      • time signature: 3/4
    • Molto deciso
      • time signature: 4/4
    • Più ritenuto e poco pesante
      • time signature: 4/4
    • Tempo primo
      • time signature: 3/4
    • Molto tranquillo
      • time signature: 3/4
  • II.
    • Molto andante
      • time signature: 3/4
    • Allegretto scherzando (ma non troppo vivace)
      • time signature: 3/8
    • Subito tempo primo (molto andante)
      • time signature: 3/4
  • III. Molto allegro[4]
    • time signature: 2/4


  • photocopy of the autograph[5]: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), Legley archives. The last movement of this photocopy contains many annotations made by Legley in preparation of Volharden in 1980.[6]
  • autograph orchestral parts: Music Library of the former NIR, shelf number SYMF 254.[7]


  1. De Roeck, p.299.
  2. An article in the Journal de Bruges on 21 Januari 1953 (Un grand concert et une réception) announces the performance of a work by Legley during a concert on 22 January, without naming the composition.
  3. Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, harp, strings (16-14-12-10-8).
  4. In 1980, Legley transformed this movement into the finale of Volharden.
  5. The autograph itself could not yet be traced. According to De Roeck (p.298), this score would also have been in the archive that Legley's son kept. However, that archive was donated in 2011 to the library of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where this work is not present. Perhaps this manuscript has remained in the Legley family after all.
  6. In the archives of the VRT, there is also a photocopy of the autograph (shelf number '1756). In this copy, the beautifully illustrated title page of Legley's manuscript was also copied.
  7. This shelf number contains a photocopy of the autograph score and handwritten orchestral parts (and photocopies of them), some of which are clearly written by Legley himself. This music library is currently kept in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels