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dedicated to Chorale Penev

Opus 83


  • Cycle on poetry by Cesare Pavese.
  • Completed on 27 February 1974 in Woluwe.
  • First performance on 24 August 1974 in the beguinage church in Mechelen by Lyudmila Guerova (solo soprano) and Chorale Penev conducted by Ivelin Dimitrov during the Festival van Vlaanderen.[1]


  • instrumentation: female choir (in III solo soprano as well)
  • duration: ca 10'


  • I. Tu sei come una terra che nessu no ha mai detto
    • tempo: Lento, dolcissimo e sempre senza rigore nel tempo
    • time signature: 2/4
      Legley 83-1.jpg
  • II. Verra la morte e avra
    • tempo: Lento
    • time signature: 3/4
      Legley 83-2.jpg
  • III. C'è una terra che tace e non è terra tua
    • tempo: Poco andante
    • time signature: 4/4
      Legley 83-3.jpg
    • instrumentation: solo soprano solo and altos
  • IV. Sei la terra e la morte
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 3/2
      Legley 83-4.jpg
  • V. Last blues, to be read some day
    • text incipit: It was only a flirt you sure did know
    • tempo: Allegretto
    • time signature: 2/4
      Legley 83-5.jpg


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4048


  1. De Roeck, p.470.