The peasant who dies

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Radio play

Opus 34

History

  • This radio play is based on the book of the same name by Karel Van de Woestijne in a adaptation by Herman Teirlinck.
  • Legley composed his work between 20 May and 14 June 1949 in Brussels. This version was broadcast for the first time in Augustus 1949.[1]
  • Later, Legley probably reworked the radio play [2] for a broadcast in March 1978, on the occasion of Karel Van de Woestijne's hundredth birthday.[3]
  • For this composition, Legley received a honorable mention in the first Prix Italia.[4][5]

Music

  • instrumentation: reciter and symphony orchestra[6]
  • duration: ca 60'[7]

Parts

  • 1. Een oude boer lag te sterven
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 2. Wat ligge ik hier toch alleene
    • tempo: Adagio
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 3a. Ik ben nochtans altijd bij u geweest
    • tempo: Andante (quasi adagio)
    • time signature: 3/4
  • 3b. Als de zomer komt
    • Allegretto
      • time signature: 6/8
    • Andante sostenuto
      • time signature: 3/4
    • Allegro commodo
      • time signature: 4/4
    • Andante
      • time signature: 4/4
  • 4. Bah zo, Nand, gij heb nooit uwen wel gehad?
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 5a. 't Is waar mens, 't is waar...
    • tempo: Andante quasi moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 5b. Bah ja, mijne ziele, alles ging goed...
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 5c. Maar 't is vooral de latere zomer toe dat de avond luide is
    • tempo: Tempo più vivo che il tempo primo
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 6. Daar lag nu half over hem die slonzige dochter
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 7. Gij weet het nog wel
    • Andante
      • time signature: 2/4
    • Moderato quasi andante
      • time signature: 2/4
    • Tempo de valse lente
      • time signature: 3/8
    • Moderato quasi andante
      • time signature: 2/4
  • 8. Nand verschoot daar niet bij
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 9. Ja, er zijn veel goede dingen
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 2/4
  • 10. Een grote, duistere gestalte stond gebogen over hem [8]
    • tempo: Andante, quasi adagio
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 11. Maar hij wist toch wat het was
    • tempo: [Andante, quasi adagio]
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 12. En zie, daar werd hij plots heel rustig
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4

Sources

Notes

  1. De Roeck, p.309. He gives 1945 as year of composition, which is most certainly a mistake.
  2. In the autograph, many annotations suggest that Legley made a second version of his work. The score of this version could not be found, however.
  3. De Roeck, p.309.
  4. K. De Schrijver (Leuven, 1955): Levende componisten uit Vlaanderen. Tweede deel. De jongere generatie van 1900 - ±1920, p.138.
  5. Tessely, p.160.
  6. 3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, percussion, 2 harps, piano and strings.
  7. A recording of the work (VRT archives) lasts 37'59".
  8. This part has been arranged by Legley as an independent work, the Lullaby for the peasant who dies.