String quartet 1

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dedicated to the Carlo Van Neste Quartet

original title: Eerste snarenkwartet[1]

Opus 5


  • Legley finished this composition on 10 March 1941 in Brussels.[2]
  • The first performance was played in 1943 in the Palace for Fine Arts in Brussels by the Carlo Van Neste Quartet.[3]


  • instrumentation: string quartet[4]
  • duration: ca 18'


  • I. Allegro moderato
    Legley 5-1.jpg
  • II. Andante
    Legley 5-2.jpg
  • III. [Scherzo]
    • Vivace
      Legley 5-3-1.jpg
    • Allegretto scherzando
      Legley 5-3-2.jpg
    • Trio: Poco più lento
      Legley 5-3-3.jpg
  • IV. Allegro giocoso (ma non troppo vivace)
    Legley 5-4.jpg


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4000
  • handwritten parts: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number 75387


  1. Snarenkwartet is an old-fashioned Dutch word for strijkkwartet [string quartet], eerste means first.
  2. Legley's commentary on a note accompanying the autograph of the work: Hier steekt een beetje veel Hindemith in, maar ik durf er toch tevreden over zijn. [There's quite a lot of Hindemith in it, but I dare to be satisfied with it.]
  3. CeBeDeM - lijst werken: Oeuvres de Victor Legley, p.1. More details are not known. The first performance of which more details are known, was played on 29 November 1943 by the Van Hecke Quartet in the city theatre of Ypres, see 1) Huldebetoon Victoor Legley in Het Ypersche on 26 November 1943, 2) Programme of Huldebetoon Victor Legley [Tribute to Victor Legley]: 1 & 2.
  4. 2 violins, viola and cello.