String quartet 5

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dedicated to Jenny Spanoghe and Elias Gistelinck

Opus 116


  • Legley composed his last string quartet at the request of the String Quartet Eugène Ysaye[1] and completed it on 14 August 1990 (see below for details).[2]
  • On 12 November 1990, at the opening concert of the National Music Competition of the Gemeentekrediet, the quartet was performed for the first time by the String Quartet Eugène Ysaye[3] in the city theatre of Kortrijk.[1]


  • instrumentation: string quartet[4]
  • duration: ca 17'13"


  • I. Allegro moderato
    • completed on 8 July 1990
    • time signature: 4/4
      Legley 116-1.jpg
  • II. Scherzando, ma non troppo vivo
    • completed on 23 July 1990[5]
    • time signature: 3/4
      Legley 116-2.jpg
  • III. Adagio
    • completed on 1 August 1990
    • time signature: 3/4
      Legley 116-3.jpg
  • IV. Finale
    • completed on 14 August 1990
    • tempo: Allegro commdo
    • time signature:
      Legley 116-4.jpg


  • Youtube: anonymous recording, presumably made by the Gaggini String Quartet.


  • autograph (score and parts[6]): Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4075
  • first edition (score and parts): CeBeDeM, Brussels, 2004


  1. 1.0 1.1 De Roeck, p.558.
  2. Autograph: Malgré tout.
  3. The members of this quartet were Jenny Spanoghe (violin), Bart Lemmens (violin), Paul Klinck (viola) and Rigo Messens (cello).
  4. 2 violins, viola and cello.
  5. Legley erroneously notes 1999 in his autograph.
  6. The parts were not written by Legley.