Sylvia

Catalogue no:

979-0-804007-58-9

Scoring:

This is probably Moerane’s best loved work. It is a love song, and it is about a real person. Sylvia Ntombentsha Zongola. She was a student at Mfundisweni Teacher Training Institute in Pondoland near the south-eastern seaboard of South Africa, where Moerane taught in the late 1950s. Sylvia may have been written when she graduated, but for some years afterwards they saw each other, because she lived just across the border from where Moerane worked  in Lesotho. Almost Mahlerian in its harmonic and melodic language, the middle section provides light-hearted relief but the overwhelming emotion is one of profound longing.