Radio play ''De arbeid''

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Radio play


  • The music of this radio play[1] on text of Richard De Cneudt has not been preserved.
  • On 1 May 1942, Labour Day, this work was performed for the first time in the Maison du Peuple in Brussels (and also broadcast on Zender Brussel) by the symphonic orchestra of Zender Brussel conducted by Paul Douliez and the radio choir conducted by Leo Van den Broeck; the texts were recited by Cel[ine] Colombie, J. Peeters and P. Dekelver.[2]
  • The composition was announced in the press as 1. Meispel, but reviews of the concert systematically call it hoorspel [radio play] «De Arbeid».
  • Although after World War II there was originally a plan to suspend Legley for a year from the N.I.R. because of his participation in the National Socialist celebration of 1 May 1942, he was spared as a promising artist.[3]


  • instrumentation: choir and orchestra[4]


  • Arbeid [Labour][5]
  • Fanfare
  • Impression
  • Song of the manual and intellectual workers
  • Song of the Flemish factory workers
  • Song of the Flemish intellectuals
  • Song of the Flemish agricultural workers
  • Song of the Flemish miners
  • Song of the Flemish fishermen
  • Song of the Flemish women
  • Solo for clarinet


  • untraceable autograph/manuscript: Music Library of the former NIR, shelf number EENSTEMMIG 3348. This score (presumably a keyboard reduction) is no longer in the library (at present kept in the Royal Conservatory Brussels'), possibly Legley made it disappear. In the library catalogue the work is called De arbeid, hoorspel door Richard De Cneudt, it was catalogued on 27 September 1971.


  1. CeBeDeM - lijst werken: WERKENLIJST VAN VICTOR LEGLEY opgemaakt de 20/10/64., p.1: cantate [cantata] (pencil note by Legley).
  2. Anonymous: Radio-programma voor vrijdag in Het Nieuws van den Dag of 1 May 1942, p.3. Anonymous: Radio in Volk en Staat of 1 May 1942, p.2. BELGAPRESS: Het 1 Mei-feest der Unie en van het Rijksarbeidsambt in Het Nieuws van den Dag of 3 May 1942, p.4. Anonymous: De "een-meiviering" van de "Unie voor hand- en geestesarbeiders" in het teeken van het ware socialisme in Het Laatste Nieuws of May 3, 1941, p.8. Anonymous: Uit de hoofdstad in Gazet van Mechelen of 5 May 1942, p.3. Many thanks to Prof. Eric Derom, who in the The Study- and Documentation Centre for War and Contemporary Society is doing research into musical life during WW II and informed us about the concert of 1 May 1942.
  3. RASE, Céline: «RADIO BRUXELLES AU PILORI» Des ondes impures à l'épuration des ondes. Contribution à l'histoire de la radio, des collaborations et des répressions en Belgique (1939-1950), doctoral thesis, Université de Namur, 2016, p.271.
  4. Deducted from the newspaper articles that discuss the work (see above) and confirmed by Anonymous: De Stad Ieper en hare Muziekakademie andermaal aan de eer in Het Ypersche of 26 November 1943.
  5. In the oeuvre list of SABAM, one can find several works by Legley on texts by De Cneudt, probably the parts of the radio play. We quote here the titles in alphabetical order.