Elegiac song

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Opus 7[1]


  • According to autograph 1, this work was finished on 16 May 1944. The first performance that could be traced, however, took place on 29 November 1943 in the city theatre in Ypers.[2][3] In 1943, an earlier version of the piece must have been played, of which no score could be found.


  • instrumentation: viola and piano
  • tempo: Moderato
  • key: C major
  • duration: ca 5'30"
  • incipit:
    Legley 7.jpg



  1. Dedicated to Marcel Van Heerswyngels? See Legley: Vruchtbare aarde.
  2. For an announcement of this concert, on which Marcel Van Heerswyngels and Alice Vandenbroucke played Legley's composition see Huldebetoon Victoor Legley in Het Ypersche on 26 November 1943.
  3. Programme of Huldebetoon Victor Legley [Tribute to Victor Legley]: 1 & 2.
  4. Title page: 5.30' | elegisch lied | VICTOR legley op.7 [label:] 16-7-57 | 3647 | Cebedem | RUE DE LA REGENCE, 8, BRUXELLES | BELGIQUE.
  5. This manuscript has been used as engraver's copy for the 1958 first edition. Beside notes by the copyist (at that time, publications by CeBeDeM were reproductions of handwritten scores), this autograph contains notes (perhaps Legley's?) indicating its use for a performace.
  6. Title page: duur 5.30 min. | Elegisch lied - Chant elegiaque | voor Altviool en klavier | Vic legley, op.7.
  7. A copy of this edition in the Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc) (without shelf number) once belonged to Legley. It contains many notes in French and in Dutch, beside fingerings for the viola. The viola part is missing.