Welcome to African Composers Edition (ACE), an online publisher of sheet music from southern Africa. The available editions are listed below.
The Moerane Scholarly (or Critical) Edition is a South African heritage reclamation project based at Stellenbosch University, in which more than 50 works by composer Michael Mosoeu Moerane (1904-1980) have been collected and prepared for publication. The background to each work has been carefully researched, and every score in this Edition is prefaced by a historical introduction to the work and followed by a critical commentary on sources and editorial issues. It is thus both a research project and a publication project, and as a publication project the composer’s descendants are directly involved, to ensure that there is no exploitation of the intellectual property invested in the Edition.
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This edition was first launched in 2015 and was completely revised in 2016 both on this site and as a CD-ROM for publication in SAMUS: South African Music Studies, journal of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM). It comprises 145 scores in pdf, covering 182 unaccompanied short choral works and 1 piano work by Sotho composer Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa. All his works are available for download as individual songs or in volumes.
All of them are available in staff notation only (Vols I-VI) or in staff notation with tonic solfa notation added (Vols Ia-VIa). The CD African Choral Legacy: Historic Recordings of Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (2013) is also available for sale as an album or as individual tracks, and provides an important accompaniment to the scores in this 2016 edition.
A performing edition of Surendran Reddy’s works (with many free recordings).
Surendran Reddy was a composer and pianist whose 100+ compositions represent a turbulent period in South Africa’s history, from the end of apartheid through the transitional 1990s to the post-apartheid 2000s. Trained as a classical pianist and harpsichordist, Reddy later became a jazz pianist, developing a crossover style that he called ‘clazz’, a style that relates to but is substantially unlike other fusion styles. His music often includes improvisatory passages. Reddy uses the township rhythms and harmonies of ‘mbaqanga’ and frequently quotes the African anthem ‘Nkosi Sikel’ i Afrika [God Bless Africa] and other tunes that were politically significant during 1980s and 90s South Africa.
Reddy’s works cover many genres – theatre music, dance, choral music, electronic music, chamber music and music for solo instruments – and several instruments: classical piano, jazz piano, organ, flute, clarinet, bassoon, voice, jazz ensemble, Indian tabla.