Small piano music

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suite for piano

originally Opus 7


  • Legley composed this cycle in the years 1933-1936 (see below for details).
  • This youth work originally bore the opus number 7, but was later partly discarded and partly reworked as opus 3.[1][2] The elegiac song was eventually given the opus number 7.
  • The piece Spleen was first performed by Jan Decadt on 29 January 1936 in the Ypres City Theatre.[3]


  • instrumentation: piano


  • I. Een stukje ter inleiding [A piece as introduction]
    • finished on 22 October 1936 in Brussels
    • tempo: Moderato - Allegro
    • time signature: 3/4 and 4/4
      Legley KleinePM-1.jpg
  • II. Waltz
    • finished on 31 March 1936 in Brussels
    • tempo: Allegro vivo
    • time signtature: 3/4
      Legley KleinePM-2.jpg
  • III. Lied[4][5]
    • finished on 17 March 1936 in Brussels
    • tempo: Traag [Slowly] (adagio)
    • time signature: 3/4
      Legley KleinePM-3.jpg
  • IV. Bagpipe[5]
    • finished on 12 April 1936 in Brussels
    • tempo: Niet te vlug [Not too fast] (allegretto)
    • time signtature: 5/8
      Legley KleinePM-4.jpg
  • V. Van 't reusje (een oud Iepers liedeken) [About the little giant (an old Ypres song)]
    • finished on 30 May 1936 in Brussels
    • tempo: Allegretto
    • time signature: 6/8
      Legley KleinePM-5.jpg
  • VI. Eentonigheid [Monotony]
    • finished on 10 December 1933 in Ypres
    • tempo: Andante (traag [slowly])
    • time signature: 5/4
      Legley KleinePM-6.jpg
  • VII. Burleske [Burlesque][5]
    • finished on 19 August 1936 in Brussels
    • tempo: Zeer vlug [Very fast] (allegro vivo)
    • time signature: 6/8
      Legley KleinePM-7.jpg
  • VIII. Spleen[5]
    • finished on 1 March 1935 in Ypres
    • tempo: Habanera-beweging [Habanera movement]
    • time signature: 2/4
      Legley KleinePM-8.jpg
  • IX. Een geestige marsch tot slot [A witty march to conclude]
    • finished on 28 June 1936 in Brussels
    • tempo: Marschbeweging [March movement] (tempo di marcia)
    • time signature: 2/4
      Legley KleinePM-9.jpg



  1. On the title page of the final autograph, Legley's son Walter wrote: deze 'kleine pianomuziek' is opus 7, maar ook gedeeltelijk opus 3: ingebonden bij 'jeugdzonden' + 'petite suite voor piano' [this 'little piano music' is opus 7, but also partly opus 3: bound in with 'youthful sins' + 'petite suite for piano']. The bound manuscripts to which Walter Legley refers are currently missing.
  2. In the catalogue of authors' society SABAM we also find Petite suite pour piano op.8 - Kinderstukjes, presumably this is the same work as opus 3. Cf. Small suite for piano and Opus 8.
  3. This is noted by Legley in his first autograph. See two reviews of the concert where Decadt played Spleen: J.T.: Ieper - Stadsschouwburg in Het Ypersche - La Région d'Ypres of 1 February 1936, p.9; Gaired: Grand concert artistique in Het Ypersche - La Région d'Ypres of 1 February 1936, p.9.
  4. On the title page of Lied in the first autograph, one can still read voor bea [for bea] (someone may have erased it, but it remains legible). This undoubtedly refers to Beatrix Souvage, whom Legley married in 1939.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Legley later included this piece in the Small suite for piano.
  6. Title page: Petite suite pour piano | Vic. Legley. op.3. | 1) Habanera.