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Opus 2

History

  • Song cycle on texts by Alice Nahon, Albrecht Rodenbach and Felix Verbeke.
  • The songs in this cycle are probably early[1] songs that Legley revised in the first half of the 1940s. Only the music of Avondliedeken has been preserved.[2]
  • On 29 November 1943, these songs were performed in the Ypres town theatre by soprano Irène Verhack and pianist Alice Vandenbroucke, which was probably the first performance.[3]
  • On the page early works, this opus number is discussed further.

Music

  • instrumentation: soprano and piano
  • duration: ca 8'30"

Parts

  • 1. Avondliedeken [Evening Song][4]
    • text incipit: 't Is goed in 't eigen hert te kijken (Alice Nahon)[5]
    • first version completed on 5 June 1933 in Ypres, later (1940s?) revised
    • tempo: Andante[6].
    • time signature: 6/8
    • key: B ♭ major
    • duration: ca 2'30"
      Legley 2-1.jpg
  • 2. De zwane [The Swan][7]
    • text incipit: [Des hemels spiegel, mild en frisch] (Albrecht Rodenbach)[7]
    • completed on 2 April 1943 in Brussels[8]
    • duration: ca 3'30"[8]
  • 3. Eenzaamheid [Loneliness][7]
    • text by Felix Verbeke[7]
    • finished on 29 March 1943 in Mechelen[8]
    • duration: ca 2'30"[8]
  • 3. Eenzaamheid [Loneliness][7]
    • text by Felix Verbeke[7]
    • completed on 29 March 1943 in Mechelen[8]
    • duration: ca 2'30"[8]

Sources

  • autographs of Avondliedeken (first and twice the later version): Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4092.

Notes

  1. The first version of Avondliedeken dates from 1933.
  2. The scores may still be in the Legley family.
  3. Concert programme of Huldebetoon Victor Legley [Tribute to Victor Legley]: 1 & 2. In this concert programme Avondliedeken is called Avondklacht, but we assume this is a misprint.
  4. The original version of this song had the opus number 4 no.4.
  5. On this text Legley would later compose two more works: one for female choir and one for soprano and piano.
  6. in the first version gematigd [moderate].
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 www.sabam.be
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 De Roeck/en, p.243.