Symphony 8

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dedicated to Carine Tessely and Hendrik Stubbe

Opus 121


  • Legley worked on this symphony from 1988 to 4 July 1993[1], in Navacelles, Woluwe, Awenne, Serruys, Koksijde and Quillan.
  • Composed on commission of BRT Radio en Televisie - Nederlandse Uitzendingen.[2]
  • First performance on 27 October 1994 in the concert hall of the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. Performers were Avi Ostrovsky and the BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra.[3]


  • instrumentation: symphony orchestra[4]
  • duration: ca 24'


  • I. Où donc le silence sidéral enterre-t-il ses chants, et où se perdent-ils, quand arrive la nuit? (Abou Kacam Chabbi)
    • tempo: Adagio, dolcissimo e molto tenuto
    • time signature: 4/4
  • II. Will meine Zeit mich bestreiten, ich lasse es ruhig geschehen, ich komme aus anderen Zeiten und hoffe in andre zu gehen (after Franz Grillparzer)
    • completed on 9 October 1992 in Awenne
    • tempo: Allegro feroce
    • time signature: 3/4
  • III. Tussen droom en daad [Between dream and deed] (Willem Elsschot)
    • completed on 8 December 1992
      • Adagio
        • time signature: 4/4
        • harp solo
      • Molto adagio e dolcissimo
        • time signature: 4/4
  • IV. Faith, we were told, like art, feeds on illusion (Derek Walcott)
    • composed in Navacelle
      • Con fuoco
        • time signature: 3/4
      • Giochevole, non troppo vivo
        • time signature: 4/4
      • Subito molto più lento (tempo dell'introduzione). Maestoso
        • time signature: 4/4


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4080


  1. De Roeck, p.566.
  2. De Roeck, p.568.
  3. DE SMET, Marc Michael: Legley's oude nieuwe muziek in Muziek en Woord of December 1994, p.48.
  4. Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet in e ♭, 2 clarinets in b ♭, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, euphonium, harp, percussion and strings.