7 Masonic songs

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Opus 105

History

  • Legley composed this cycle on texts by Guy Commerman in the years 1983-1985 in Woluwe.
  • The first performance took place during a private concert in Zaal 7 in Berchem (Antwerp) on 31 January 2007. The performers were Bruno De Jonghe and Dirk Herten.[1]

Music

  • instrumentation: baritone and piano

Parts

  • I. Vader [Father]
    • text incipit: Het huis werd trager toen ik hem verliet [The house became slower when I left him]
    • tempo: Poco andante
    • time signature: 4/4
      Legley 105-1.jpg
  • II. Hier [Here]
    • text incipit: Hier werd ik lente in mijn geboorte [Here I became spring in my birth]
    • completed on 1 January 1985[2]
    • tempo: Moderato grazioso
    • time signature: 2/4
      Legley 105-2.jpg
  • III. Wij zullen herbeginnen [We shall begin again]
    • text incipit: Begraaf de woorden in het zand [Bury the words in the sand]
    • tempo: Andante moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
      Legley 105-3.jpg
  • IV. Aan [To]
    • text incipit: En als mijn zachte liefde niet is ingewijd [And if my gentle love is not consecrated]
    • tempo: Andante semplice
    • time signature: 2/4
      Legley 105-4.jpg
  • V. Tempel [Temple]
    • text incipit: Dit is niet zo maar een gebouw, mijn broeder [This is not just any building, my brother]
    • tempo: Poco allegro, come improvisando, energico - Poco andante
    • time signature: (after an introduction) 3/4
      Legley 105-5.jpg
  • VI. Handdruk [Handshake]
    • text incipit: In de vastberaden seconde vertelt jouw handdruk [In the determined second your handshake tells]
    • tempo: Mesto, dolce e molto tranquillo (ma non troppo lento)
    • time signature: 3/4
      Legley 105-6.jpg
  • VII. Op U komt het aan [You matter]
    • text incipit: Allen weten het zelf, falen voortdurend [All know it themselves, fail continually]
    • tempo: Moderato e risoluto
    • time signature: 9/8
      Legley 105-7.jpg

Recordings

  • mvmm.org: on this website one can listen to fragments of II. Hier and of III. Wij zullen herbeginnen. The performers are not mentioned on the website, but are presumably Benoît De Leersnyder and Daniel Blumenthal, as a recording was made of their concert in 2007.

Sources

  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4064

Notes

  1. Written communications from Mr Guido Spruyt to the author dated 2 August and 14 September 2021. During that concert the Small triptych was also created. On 29 March 2007, the cycle was performed in the concert hall of the Brussels Conservatory during a public concert by Benoît De Leersnyder and Daniel Blumenthal (cf. Uitzonderlijk concert van Maçonnieke Meesters, a concert programme in the Legley archives (Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), as yet without a shelf number)).
  2. Page 11 of the autograph reads: Reveillon 84-85.