By An’ By

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Moerane's harmonisation of the well-known 'Negro Spiritual' By An’ By may date from the late 1930s, a time when many people in Africa identified with these old African American slave songs. Moerane perhaps  sourced the lyrics and melody on a 1925 HMV Victor 78rpm recording by Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown, or he may have found it in the sheet music volume, Negro Spirituals ‘Arranged for Solo Voice by H.T. Burleigh’ (1917). Moerane's arrangement is deeply moving, beginning simply and gradually descending into greater emotional depths and becoming more chromatic, as it proceeds.