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Opus 63


  • Legley completed this song cycle on poems by Jos Vandeloo on 15 March 1965 in Woluwe. The version for soprano and piano was composed first, the version for soprano and string quartet afterwards.
  • The string quartet version was first performed on 23 October 1965 in the Ypres city theatre during a concert celebrating Legley's fiftieth birthday. The performers were the soprano Raymonde Serverius and soloist of the Belgian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Georges Maes.[1]


  • instrumentation:
    • version 1: soprano and piano
    • version 2: soprano and string quartet[2]
  • duration: ca 17'


    • tonal key: Re b Major
  • I. Ik predik de moeraskoorts [I preach the swamp fever]
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 9/8
  • II. In het boek der dagen [In the book of days]
    • tempo: Allegro moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • III. In het oog van vulkanen [In the eye of volcanoes]
    • tempo: Allegretto grazioso
    • time signature: 3/4
  • IV. Mensen staan als bomen [People stand like trees]
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • V. Steden verteren ons zachtaardig [Cities digest us gently]
    • tempo: Molto energico
    • time signature: 4/4
  • VI. Ik wil verstenen [I want to petrify]
    • tempo: Allegro risloluto e sempre molto energico
    • time signature: 4/4
  • VII. Teken voor mij een boom in het water [Draw me a tree in the water][3]
    • tempo: Quasi adagio
    • time signature: 6/8
    • key signature: d ♭ major


  • autograph version 1: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4034-onderdeel-2
  • autograph version 2: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4034-onderdeel-1
  • first edition version 1: CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1966
  • first edition version 2 (score and parts): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1966


  1. See:
    • Concert programme Huldeconcert Victor Legley, Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), no shelf number yet.
    • MUL, Jan: Victor Legley in De Volkskrant of 30 October 1965, p.27.
  2. 2 violins, viola and cello.
  3. Legley reused this song in the second movement of his Concerto for cello and orchestra.