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  • Legley composed this work in the month of January of the last year of his life (1994) in Ostend.[1]
  • This work was composed at the request of the string quartet Arte del Suono for the CD Harmonies Nouvelles en 12 mouvements pour l'Europe.[2] Legley's composition was to represent France musically.
  • The first performance was to be played on 9 June 1994 in the concert hall of the Brussels Conservatoire by the members[3] of the string quartet Arte del Suono.[4] This concert probably had to be postponed because the organiser of the concert had discovered on 8 April that Yehudi Menuhin would also be playing a concert in Brussels on 9 June.[5] The concert may have been postponed to October of that year.[5][6]


  • instrumentation: string quartet[7]
  • tempo: Non troppo vivo e molto spiritoso
  • time signature: 4/4
  • duration: ca 4'[8]


  • YouTube: recording by the string quartet Arte del Suono.


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4044 part-1
  • first edition (score and parts): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 1994


  1. Legley notes in his autograph: Serruys, between two blood transfusions. Serruys refers to the Henri Serruys campus of the AZ Sint-Jan hospital.
  2. Pavane Records ADW 7312.
  3. Lola Bobesco (violin), Suzanne Jannsens (violin), Jean-Elie Homatas (viola) and Jan Matthé (cello).
  4. Invitation to the concert in the Legley archive (Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), no shelf number yet).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lola Bobesco: letter to Victor Legley of 13 April 1994. Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), no shelf number yet.
  6. According to De Roeck (p.574), the work was not performed before 10 October 2004 at a benefit concert given by the King Baudouin Foundation at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
  7. 2 violins, viola and cello.
  8. The recording of Arte del Suono lasts 3'34".