The Way of the Cross

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History

  • In the years 1948 and 1949 we find this work announced for broadcast on Good Friday (26 March and 15 April respectively). In 1948, the declamator was Herman Niels. The text was based on Paul Claudel's Chemin de la Croix, in a translation by Anton Van de Velde.[1]
  • It is likely that Legley wrote a kind of music for accompaniment, in which the text was then declaimed. That Legley, a Freemason, would have written religious music is somewhat curious. One is inclined to think that there is a mistake and that it was, for example, Joseph Ryelandt's setting (opus 110 from 1934) of Claudel's text that was performed. However, the words with which Legley is characterised in the press articles, which probably came from the N.I.R., seem to exclude any other composer.
  • Of the music itself there is no trace, possibly Legley destroyed the scores.

Notes

  1. Anonymous: Paul Claudel's Kruisweg voor de micro van het N.I.R. in De Standaard (25 March 1948, p.2), Gazet van Antwerpen (26 March 1948, p.2), Het Handelsblad (26 March 1948, p.6) and De Gentenaar (26 March 1948, p.5). Anonymous: Radio-programma's in Gazet van Antwerpen of 26 March 1948, p.5. Anonymous: Uitzending van Paul Claudels «Kruisweg» and Radiorubriek in De Nieuwe Gids of 26 March 1948, p.2 and 6. Anonymous: La Radio in La Libre Belgique of 26 March 1948, p.7. Anonymous: Radiorubriek in Het Nieuwsblad (p.2), De Nieuwe Gids (p.4), Het Volk (p.12) and Het Nieuws van den Dag (p.2) of 15 April 1949.