The Complete Mohapeloa Critical Edition

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
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Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes

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Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes (ISMN 979-0-804003-89-5) comprises 182 unaccompanied short choral works and 1 piano work by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa, for sale and download in pdf complete, by volume, or by individual song. (Morija Sesuto Book Depot, P.O. Box 4, Morija 190, Lesotho, sells Mohapeloa's original tonic solfa books, which are not for sale on this site.) For the launch of the new Critical Edition in May 2015 a limited edition CD-Rom was published (contact books [at] clarkesbooks [dot] co [dot] za). View samples below or go to the SALES page to view and buy. 

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes

Transcribed, compiled, edited, and introduced by Christine Lucia
Sesotho texts translated by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa,
Mantoa Motinyane-Smouse, and Mpho Ndebele

Volume I:
Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika I
(African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book I)
32 songs – also available separately as Volume I (or Ia + solfa) 

Volume II:
Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II
(African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book II)
32 songs – also available separately as Volume II (or IIa + solfa) 

Volume III:
Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika III
(African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book III)
32 songs – also available separately as Volume III (or IIIa + solfa)

Volume IV:
Khalima-nosi tsa ’Mino Oa Kajeno:
Harnessing Salient Features of Modern African Music

and
Meluluetsa ea Ntšetso-pele le Bosechaba Lesotho
(Anthems for the Development of the Lesotho Nation)
27 songs - also available separately as Volume IV (or IVa + solfa)

Volume V:
Eight Songs from Hosanna: Lipina tsa Kereke
(Hosanna: Church Songs)
and
Bukana ea Lipesaleme (Book of Psalms)
8 songs and 1 book of psalms - also available separately as Volume V (or Va + solfa)

Volume VI:
Miscellaneous Published and Unpublished Works
16 songs and 1 piano solo - also available separately as Volume VI (or VIa + solfa)

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This is the first Critical Edition of the complete works of Lesotho composer Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908-1982), who between the 1920s and 1970s created a modern African choral idiom in tonic solfa score, inspired by traditional Basotho music, jazz, western classical music and hymns. Mohapeloa’s repertoire of almost 200 short unaccompanied choral songs has been newly transcribed from tonic solfa into staff notation, and his original Sesotho texts have been extracted from the solfa scores and translated into English where his own translations do not exist. His tempi, dynamics, and expressive markings are retained and where they do not exist editorial suggestions are made. All editorial interventions on the score are shown in square brackets. The historical and cultural background of the composer and various documents including his own writings, have informed the editorial work. The musical sources are given for each song. Accuracy and consistency have been aimed at as far as is practicable, respecting the composer’s legacy and presenting it in a form that scholars, teachers and performers can access. Mohapeloa wrote within the literary tradition of tonic solfa but his music was often disseminated orally and copied by hand or electronically; thus individual songs have sometimes been modified through popular practice. This edition returns to the available printed and manuscript sources in order to prepare a new performing score of each song, with critical commentary explaining why a particular version or aspect of a score is considered authoritative.