Moerane, Michael

MOERANE, Michael Mosoeu 


b. 20 September 1909

d. February 1980


Moerane received his schooling at the Lovedale Institute, then studied at Fort Hare. He taught thereafter at various high schools in Maseru, Gumtree and elsewhere. He received composition lessons from F. H. Hartmann, professor in music at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, though he was otherwise largely self-taught. In 1941, he became the first black South African to be awarded a BMus degree (at UNISA), in partial fulfillment of which he submitted his symphonic poem Fatse la heso (My Country). This work, based on African songs, was first performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Clarence Raybould in 1944 in London, subsequently received performances in France and the USA, and has now been released on CD.



Orchestral works:

Fatsa la heso, symphonic poem, 1941 


Chorale, for school orchestra (flute, clarinet, piano and strings) 


Sunrise, for school orchestra (flute, clarinet, piano and strings) 


Why worry?, for school orchestra (flute, clarinet and strings)


Piano solo music:



In Hout Bay 


Joy ride 




Choral Music (all SATB):



Banozolo: ke tla bina


Barali ba Jerusalema 


Ba tsabang molimo: yizani nive 


Bokang Jesu 


Ea folisang maloetse a hoa: mbonge u-Yehova 


Ea hlolang 


Hobane re tsoaletsoa ngoana: ngokuba sizalelwe umtwana 


Jehova oa busa: Psalm93 


Ke rata Jehova 


Leseli la hao: thuma ukukhaya kwakho: Psalm 93 


Mehauhelo ea hao 


Moea oa ka: Psalm 119 


U tloahatsang lifela: ndiya kubulela kuyehova 


Vizani kum: tlong ho ’na 


Vumani ku Yehova: merabe rorisang: Psalm 96

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