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radio play with orchestra and choir

[1]

History

  • Radio play based on The Era of Harmony by Roger Richard. Gaston Derycke adapted the text.[2]
  • On 14 January 1949, the work was entered in the catalogue of the NIR under the shelf number SPELEN 149.
  • The play was broadcast in the evening of 25 January 1949 by the N.I.R./the B.R.N.O. Frans Roggen was responsible for the direction.[3][4]
  • The story was announced in the press thus:
[...] A new disease has broken out, which soon plagues the whole of mankind. In a very short time, almost every person will fall victim to a speechlessness against which medical science is powerless.
In all countries, the spoken language must finally be replaced by a musical language that is infinitely more varied and full of expression; at least that is what people think. But after three centuries of musical language, a young man in love suddenly finds speech again. [...][3]

Music

  • instrumentation: choir and symphony orchestra[5]

Parts

  • 1. Plaat: Air de Figaro uit de Barbier van Sevilla van Rossini [Record: Air de Figaro from Rossini's Barber of Seville]
  • 2 and 2bis. (Air de Figaro - Rossini)
    • time signature: 6/8
  • 3 (and 7). Aankondigingswijsje van zendstation [Jingle of broadcast station]
    • time signature: 3/4
    • instrumentation: celesta
  • 4. phonoplaat: dansmuziek [phono record: dance music]
  • 5. Tempo di tango
    • time signature:
  • 6. Moderato
    • time signature: 3/4 and 4/4
    • instrumentation: ondes martenot[6]
    • duration: ca 1'30"
  • 7. = 3
  • 8.
    • Gong-solo (iets vlugger dan de volgende Molto-Andante-beweging) [Gong solo (slightly faster than the following Molto Andante movement)]
    • Molto Andante
      • time signature: 3/4
  • 9.
    • bassoon 1&2, horn 1&2, trombone
      • time signature: 2/4
    • cello solo
      • tempo: Allegro
      • time signature: 3/8
  • 9bis.
    • Allegro con fuoco
      • time signature: 4/4
    • ± tempo di valse lento
      • time signature: 3/4
      • instrumentation: solo cello, bassoon 1&2
    • Maestoso
      • time signature: 2/4
      • instrumentation: trombone
    • Allegro moderato
      • time signature: 2/4
    • Moderato
      • time signature: 3/4
  • 10.
    • time signature: 3/4
    • instrumentation: solo clarinet, solo violin, strings (without double bass)
  • 11. Andante
    • time signature: 3/4
    • duration: ca 4'15"
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Sources

  • autograph: Royal Conservatory of Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number H-00149. This score originates from the collection of the former NIR and bears a stamp of SABAM dated 29 April 1948.
  • handwritten parts: Royal Conservatory of Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number H-00149. This score originates from the collection of the former NIR. The part for horn 1&2 contains the date 15 January 1949 in pencil, possibly the date of recording.
  • recording: Archive of the VRT

Notes

  1. An article in De Nieuwe Gids of 7 February 1948 (Anonymous: Eigen muziek. Victor Legley, p.8) calls this work Legley's wordend opus 30 [becoming opus 30]. Opus 30, however, is The golden river. Possibly this work is the missing opus 31.
  2. www.sabam.be Anonymous: Radiorubriek in Het Nieuwsblad of 25 January 1949, p.2. Anonymous: Radio-programma in Het Laatste Nieuws of 25 January 1949, p.5. Both newspaper articles mention Georgette de Rijcke as translator. In De Nieuwe Gids of 7 February 1948 (Anonymous: Eigen muziek. Victor Legley, p.8), Marcel Coole is erroneously mentioned as the author of the text. The journalist probably mixed up a few things in his article about Legley's activities in February 1948, as the composer was then also working on Het gevecht met het hart on lyrics by Coole.
  3. 3.0 3.1 M.: Een origineel luisterspel in het N.I.R. in Vooruit of 22 January 1949, p.2. Anonymous: De eeuw der harmonie in De Gentenaar of 22 January 1949, p.3. Anonymous: Radiorubriek in Het Nieuwsblad of 25 January 1949, p.2. Anonymous: Radio-programma in Het Laatste Nieuws of 25 January 1949, p.5.
  4. Anonymous: De eeuw der harmonie in Het Nieuwsblad and De Standaard of 23 January 1949, each p.2.
  5. 2 flutes (flute 2 also plays piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, percussion (kettle drum, bass drum, snare drum, gong, ondes martenot, timpani, cymbal, rattle), piano, celesta, guitar and strings (4-3-2-2-1).
  6. Originally solo violin.