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Feb 17, 2022
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume I revised 2016

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. Volume I contains thirty-two songs for unaccompanied choir, in staff notation. Transcribed from tonic solfa into staff notation, edited, and introduced by Christine Lucia. Sesotho texts translated by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa, Mantoa Motinyane-Smouse, and Mpho Ndebele.

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Feb 17, 2022
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume II revised 2016

Volume 2 of the Mohapeloa Critical Edition comprises Mohapeloa’s songbook Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II: Buka ea Bobeli (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations, Book 2), originally published in 1939 in Morija, Lesotho. The 32 songs were written in tonic solfa notation and are transcribed here into staff notation with commentaries. Mohapeloa’s translations are used where they exist, but the main translation work has been done for this Critical Edition by Mantoa Motinyane-Smouse and Mpho Ndebele. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

The appearance of Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II only four years after the first Meloli (1935), attests both to the popularity of Mohapeloa's work and to the ease with which the he was able to assemble another 32 songs for publication. Like the songs in Meloli I, most of those in Meloli II had already been ‘tried and tested’ by choirs and were thus fairly well known; and Morija Sesuto Book Depot was again the publisher. They brought out a second edition in 1945, which was even before the second edition of Meloli I (1953), and third and fourth editions of Meloli II followed in 1955 and 1980. Even after Mohapeloa’s death in 1982, a fifth edition was printed (1996). These are effectively reprints rather than new editions, almost identical to the first edition albeit with occasional variants or typos. The preparation of the present Critical Edition takes all these versions into account, as well as other documentation. Meloli II begins with song no. 33 and ends with no. 64. (In this new Edition songs are not numbered.) The last song in Volume II is unusual in having an English text, while all the others are in Sesotho. During the preparation of Meloli II for publication Mohapeloa may have been living for at least part of the time in Johannesburg, where he attended part-time music classes at the University of the Witwatersrand (1939 to 1942). The year 1939 also marked the outbreak of World War II, a war into which Basotho were drawn because of their allegiance to the British Empire (Basutoland was still a Protectorate in 1939). Many topical issues weave their way into Mohapeloa’s song texts, and his developing musical style in this Volume shows how he incorporated newly acquired skills and musical influences from the Reef. He formed his own choir during his time, the Johannesburg Traditional Choristers, which was very likely to have had some of the songs from Meloli II in its repertoire.

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Feb 17, 2022
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume III revised 2016

Mohapeloa’s third book of Meloli - Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations) Buka ea Boraro (Book Three) appeared in 1947, eight years after Meloli II, five years after Mohapeloa returned from the Reef where he lived and studied from 1939 to 1942, and two years after the end of World War II. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

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Feb 17, 2022
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IV revised 2016

Volume IV combines two songbooks in one volume: Khalima-Nosi dating from 1951 and Meluluetsa dating from 1976. The 5 songs in the earlier book give voice to an African cosmopolitan, urban modernity while the 22 songs in the later book are more patriotic in tone and quite lengthy, celebrating the national institutions that emerged after Lesotho’s independence from Britain in 1966. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

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Feb 17, 2022
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume V revised 2016

Volume V of the Mohapeloa Critical Edition comprises songs conceived for use in church, that come from two sources. There are 8 Mohapeloa songs from the general song collection Hosanna originally published in 1955, and there are 39 short Lutheran psalm settings made for the African Dutch Reformed Church in the late 1970s, previously unpublished. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

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Feb 17, 2022
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VI revised 2016

Volume VI of the Mohapeloa Critical Edition contains miscellaneous works published at various times in the composer's life or previously unpublished, the manuscript works dating mostly from his later years. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

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Feb 22, 2021
Michael Mosoeu Moerane Critical Edition – Volume 1 (Orchestral Score & Parts)
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Feb 21, 2021
Michael Mosoeu Moerane Critical Edition – Volume 1 (Orchestral Score Only)
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Feb 21, 2021
Michael Mosoeu Moerane Critical Edition – Volume 2
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Feb 21, 2021
Michael Mosoeu Moerane Critical Edition – Volume 3
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Feb 21, 2021
Michael Mosoeu Moerane Critical Edition – Volume 4
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