Early works

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Opus 1 to 13

The earliest list of Legley's compositions is to be found in an newspaper article[1] from 1943. This list mentions following works:

  • 3 songs for soprano [=opus 2]
  • Snarenkwartet [=opus 5]
  • Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon [=opus 11]
  • Sonata for viola and piano [=opus 13]
  • Appassionato for viola
  • Elegiac song for viola [=opus 7]
  • Suite for viola and piano [=opus 12][2]
  • Symphonic variations on an old Flemish song [=opus 6]
  • Symphony [=opus 10]
  • Ulixes' Voorbijvaart
  • De Arbeid
  • Piano suite "Kleine Pianomuziek" [partially included in opus 3]

This list presumably contains the works Legley was still satisfied with in 1943 and therefore deserved an opus number. When excluding the works of which the opus numbers are known, we have left the compositions Appassionato, Ulixes' Voorbijvaart and De Arbeid, and thee opus numbers 1, 4, 8 and 9. Legley did nog give an opus number to Ulixes' voorbijvaart from 1943.[3] Possibly Appassionato is opus 1, it was performed as early as in 1936. De Arbeid is probably from a later date (Legley became a member of the orchestra of the Belgian radio in 1936, it seems unlikely that he would have composed a radio play before this date) and can be opus 4, 8 or 9.

First opus numbering

Two compositions areVan twee werken weten we dat ze oorspronkelijk een ander opusnummer droegen. Mogelijk heeft Legley in de jaren '40 een nieuwe nummering gemaakt en de werken waarvan hij toen niet tevreden was, weggelaten. Hieronder wat we van de vroege nummering kennen:


  1. Anonymus: De Stad Ieper en hare Muziekakademie andermaal aan de eer in Het Ypersche on 26 November 1943.
  2. We are convinced that this refers to the sonata for violin and piano, since its original title was suite as well, it was completed in 1942 and is not mentioned in the article. The word alto (viola) is probably a misprint.
  3. Waar staat dat?