The peasant who dies

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radio play

Opus 34

History

  • This radio play is based on the book of the same name by Karel Van de Woestijne in a adaptation by Herman Teirlinck.
  • Legley composed the work between 20 May and 14 June 1949 in Brussels. In this version it was broadcasted for the first time 4 October 1949 on Zender Brussel.[1] On 31 January 1950, this radio play was broadcasted in French on Radio Bruxelles,[2]on 22 April 1950 possibly in Italian on the station Turin II.[3]
  • Later Legley presumably reworked the play[4] for a broadcast in March 1978, on the occasion of Karel Van de Woestijne's 100th birthday.[5]
  • For this work Legley received an honourable mention at the very first Prix Italia.[1][6]

Music

  • instrumentation: reciter and symphony orchestra[7]
  • duration: ca 60'[8]

Parts

  • 1. Een oude boer lag te sterven [An old farmer lay dying]
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 2. Wat ligge ik hier toch alleene [What am I lying here alone]
    • tempo: Adagio
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 3a. Ik ben nochtans altijd bij u geweest [Yet I have always been with you]
    • tempo: Andante (quasi adagio)
    • time signature: 3/4
  • 3b. Als de zomer komt [When Summer Comes]
    • Allegretto
      • time signature: 6/8
    • Andante sostenuto
      • time signature: 3/4
    • Allegro commodo
      • time signature: 4/4
    • Andante
      • time signature: 4/4
  • 4. Bah zo, Nand, gij heb nooit uwen wel gehad? [Bah so, Nand, you never had it easy?]
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 5a. 't Is waar mens, 't is waar... [It's true, woman, it's true...]
    • tempo: Andante quasi moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 5b. Bah ja, mijne ziele, alles ging goed... [Bah yes, my soul, everything went well...]
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 5c. Maar 't is vooral de latere zomer toe dat de avond luide is [But it is especially towards the later summer that the evening is loud]
    • tempo: Tempo più vivo che il tempo primo
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 6. Daar lag nu half over hem die slonzige dochter [There now lay half over him that dowdy daughter]
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 7. Gij weet het nog wel [Thou dost remember]
    • Andante
      • time signature: 2/4
    • Moderato quasi andante
      • time signature: 2/4
    • Tempo de valse lente
      • time signature: 3/8
    • Moderato quasi andante
      • time signature: 2/4
  • 8. Nand verschoot daar niet bij [Nand was not surprised]
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 9. Ja, er zijn veel goede dingen [Yes, there are many good things]
    • tempo: Moderato
    • time signature: 2/4
  • 10. Een grote, duistere gestalte stond gebogen over hem [A great, dark figure stood bent over him][9]
    • tempo: Andante, quasi adagio
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 11. Maar hij wist toch wat het was [But he knew what it was]
    • tempo: [Andante, quasi adagio]
    • time signature: 4/4
  • 12. En zie, daar werd hij plots heel rustig [And lo and behold, there he became very calm]
    • tempo: Andante
    • time signature: 4/4

Recording

  • https://youtu.be/1RnfyRpgaVc Youtube]: some fragments of the radio play, possibly in the 1978 version (the author of the clip dates it in the 80s if I'm not mistaken).

Sources

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anonymous: Radio in Gazet van Antwerpen of 4 October 1949, p.4. According to De Roeck (p.309), the radio play was already broadcasted for the first time in August 1945 (he probably meant 1949), but we could not find this broadcast.
  2. Anonymous: Radio-program in Het Laatste Nieuws of 31 January 1950, p.8
  3. Anonymous: La Radio in La Libre Belgique of 22 April 1950, p.10. Anonymous: À la Radio in Le Soir of April 22, 1950, p.8.
  4. Many annotations in the autograph suggest that Legley made a second version of his work. A score for this version could not be found.
  5. De Roeck (p.309) refers to an article in Het Laatste Nieuws of 6 March 1978 (VERSCHOORE, N.: Wereld van de Cultuur: De boer sterft opnieuw voor de radio, p.2).
  6. See:
    • QUIEVREUX, Louis: Le Prix Italia in La Lanterne of 9 September 1949, p.2
    • Anonymous: A novelty in the world of radio in Het Nieuws van den Dag of September 24, 1949, p.2
    • Anonymous: The «Italia»-price in Gazet van Antwerpen of 24 September 1949, p.2
    • R.: De «Italia»-prijs in Vooruit of 24 September 1949, p.2
    • Anonymous: De «Italia»-prijs in Het Handelsblad of 30 September 1949, p.3
    • DE SCHRIJVER, K.: Levende componisten uit Vlaanderen. Tweede deel. De jongere generatie van 1900 - ±1920, Leuven, 1955, p.138
    • Tessely, p.160.
  7. 3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, 4 horns, percussion, 2 harps, piano and strings.
  8. A recording of the work (VRT archives) lasts 37'59".
  9. This part has been arranged by Legley as an independent work, the Lullaby for the peasant who dies.