Elegiac song

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Opus 7[1]


  • According to autograph 1, Legley completed this work on 16 May 1944. On 17 June 1942, however, the elegy could already be heard on Zender Brussel in a performance by Alfons Volleman and Pieter Leemans.[2][3] In 1942[4], an earlier version of the piece must have been played, of which no score could be found.


  • instrumentation: viola and piano
  • tempo: Moderato
  • key: Do major
  • duration: ca 5'30"
  • incipit:
    Legley 7.jpg



  1. Legley writes on p.12-13 in his autobiography De vruchtbare aarde ['The Fertile Earth]' (B-Bc BV-03-3100) that the work is dedicated to Marcel Van Heirswingels [recte: Heerswynghels]. He also writes that this work is his first, preserved piece.
  2. Rubrieken Radio in Het Algemeen Nieuws and Volk en Staat of 17 June 1942, p.2 resp. 3.
  3. The work was also performed by Marcel Van Heerswyngels and Alice Vandenbroucke on 29 November 1943 in the municipal theatre of Ypres. See:
    • the article Huldebetoon Victoor [sic] Legley [Homage Victor Legley] in Het Ypersche of 26 November 1943
    • the programme booklet of this Huldebetoon Victor Legley: [Media:1943.11.29_Huldebetoon_1.jpg|1]] & Media:1943.11.29_Huldebetoon_2.jpg|2]]
  4. Probably also in Kortrijk in 1943.
  5. Title page: 5.30' | elegisch lied | VICTOR legley op.7 [label:] 16-7-57 | 3647 | Cebedem | RUE DE LA REGENCE, 8, BRUXELLES | BELGIQUE.
  6. This manuscript was used as engraver's copy for the first edition of 1958. Apart from notes made by the copyist (at that time CeBeDeM's publications were still reproductions of handwritten scores), this autograph also contains notes suggesting a performance, perhaps by Legley?
  7. Title page: duur 5.30 min. | Elegisch lied - Chant elegiaque | voor Altviool en klavier | Vic legley, op.7.
  8. Of this edition the Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc) (as yet without a place number) possesses a copy from Legley's archive. It contains many notes in French and in Dutch, as well as fingerings in the viola line. The viola part is missing from this copy.