Concerto for piano and orchestra

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dedicated to Sonia Anschütz

Opus 39


Version 1

  • Legley completed the first version of this concerto in 1952.[1]
  • In all likelihood, this version has never been performed.

Version 2

  • On 9 December 1959 Legley completed the final version of his concerto, probably with a view to the first performance.[2]
  • The concerto's first performance was played by Sonia Anschütz and the symphony orchestra of the BRT conducted by Daniel Sternefeld on 29 April 1960.[3]


  • instrumentation: solo piano and symphony orchestra[4]
  • duration: ca 18'


Version 1

  • I. Allegro e molto energico
    • time signature:
  • II. Adagio ma non troppo
    • time signature: 3/4
  • III. Finale
    • tempo: Vivace
    • time signature: 2/4

Version 2

  • I. Allegro deciso e molto energico
    • time signature:
  • II. Adagio[5]
    • time signature: 3/4
  • III. Allegro vivace
    • time signature: 2/4


  • Youtube: recording by Sonia Anschütz and the symphonic orchestra of the BRT conducted by Daniel Sternefeld.


  • autograph version 1: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4017 onderdeel-2. In this autograph, Legley wrote down many corrections when preparing version 2.
  • autograph version 2: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4017 onderdeel-1
  • autograph piano reduction of version 2: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4018
  • first edition (orchestral parts): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1960
  • first edition (reduction for 2 pianos): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1965


  1. The autograph of this version bears a stamp of authors' association SABAM, dated 19.XI.1952.
  2. Legley notes in his autograph: Ceci est, je l'espère, la partition définitive. Elle détruit la partition précédente, qui... ne demandait que cela, d'ailleurs.
  3. This can be deduced from the loan overview of the orchestral parts made by CeBeDeM for the year 1960 (present in the Legley archives of the Royal Conservatory Brussels, without shelf number). This date seems to be confirmed by Legley's dedication in the autograph piano reduction of the concerto: Pour Sonia, qui a moins le trac que moi... en souvenir d'une journée merveilleuse. Vendredi 29 avril 1960. Legley wrote similar dedications on the autographs of other works, e.g. the concert for 13 instruments, always on the day of the first performance.
  4. Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani and strings.
  5. In the autograph initially still Adagio ma non troppo, as in version 1, but ma non troppo was eventually crossed out.