By An’ By
Moerane's harmonisation of the well-known 'Negro Spiritual' (as he called it) By An’ By may date from the late 1930s, which is when Lovedale Press published his arrangement of Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen. This was a a time when there was a strong identification with African American music, in South Africa, and several songbooks and recordings were available. Moerane perhaps sourced the lyrics and melody of By An' By from a 1925 HMV Victor 78rpm recording by Paul Robeson and Lawrence Brown (re-recorded in 1945), or he may have found it in the songbook, Negro Spirituals ‘Arranged for Solo Voice by H.T. Burleigh’ (1917), which was his source for Nobody Knows. Moerane's arrangement begins in a straightforward way, and then gradually plumbs greater emotional depths and uses more chromatic harmony as it proceeds.
By An’ By Youtube performance of another version, sung by Paul Robeson Video
Paul Robeson(voice) and Lawrence Brown (voice and piano)