De eeuw der harmonie/en

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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]
  • The score of the work has been lost, but a recording of two parts exists (see sources), on the basis of which two parts could be reconstructed.

Music

  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[5]

Parts

  • [4 rhythmic variations on a theme]
    • duration: ca 1'30"[6]
Legley De eeuw der harmonie-1.jpg
  • XI.[7] [fugal fragment for orchestra]
    • duration: ca 4'15"
De eeuw der harmonie-2.jpg

Sources

  • recording of 2 parts of the work: 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, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, percussion, piano, celesta, guitar and strings (4-3-2-2-1). This according to the catalogue of the NIR.
  6. The instrument played may also be a theremin.
  7. At the beginning of the recording one can hear a voice say: nummer 11 [number 11].