Symphonic variations on an old Flemish song

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dedicated to Franz André

Opus 6

History

  • This composition was completed in May 1941.
  • The variations were played for the first time in mid-September 1941 in the concert hall of the Brussels Conservatory by the National Orchestra of Belgium under the direction of Franz André.[1]

Music

  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[2]
  • duration: ca 14'
  • key: g minor

Parts

  • I. Introduction
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 2/4
  • II. Theme (Naar Oostland willen wij rijden)
    • tempo: Andante cantabile
    • time signature: 6/8
    • key: g minor
  • III. Variation 1
    • tempo: Tempo di tema
    • time signature: 6/8
    • key: g minor
  • IV. Variation 2
    • tempo: Allegro ma non troppo e ritmico
    • time signature: 2/4
    • key: g minor
  • V. Variation 3
    • tempo: Poco più vivo
    • time signature: 2/4
    • key: g minor
  • VI. Variation 4
    • tempo: Même mouvement
    • time signature: 2/4
    • key: g minor
  • VII. Variation 5
    • tempo: Andante sostenuto
    • time signature: 4/4
    • key: g major
  • VIII. Variation 6
    • tempo: Adagio
    • time signature: 3/4
    • key: g minor
  • IX. Variation 7
    • tempo: Tempo di tema (ma meno mosso)
    • time signature: 6/8
    • key: g major
  • X. Variation 8
    • tempo: Allegro scherzando
    • time signature: 6/8
    • key: g major
  • XI. Variation 9
    • tempo: Allegro con fuoco
    • time signature: 2/4
    • key: g major
  • XII. Finale
    • tempo: Allegro moderato
    • time signature: 3/8
    • key: g minor

Sources

  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4001

Notes

  1. DE TRIAY: Chronique musicale - Session de la musique belge contemporaine in Le Soir of 18 and 25 September 1941, p.2 resp. 2. The concert must have taken place between 18 and 25 September. The location of the concert is only mentioned in CeBeDeM - list of works: Œuvres de Victor Legley, p.1, where only year, place and conductor can be found. On 3 December 1941 the work was also performed by the Grand Symphony Orchestra of the N.I.R. under the baton of Paul Douliez during a concert broadcast live on Zender Brussel from Studio 4 at Flagey in Brussels. On 24 February 1942, the performers of the December concert repeated the variations at a concert at the same location, which was also broadcast on Zender Brussel. Many thanks to Prof. Eric Derom, who is doing research on musical life during WW II at the Studie- en Documentatiecentrum Oorlog en Hedendaagse Maatschappij and who informed us about the concerts of 3 December 1941 and 24 February 1942.
  2. 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 tuba, percussion, harp and strings.