Fatše La Heso(My Country)
Moerane composed Fatše La Heso in South Africa in 1941, for the completion of a Bachelor of Music degree through the University of South Africa. He called it a 'symphonic poem' and subtitled it My Country, meaning, Lesotho. The orchestration is late Romantic, the harmonic language is early Modernist, and the musical material is based throughout on indigenous themes from Lesotho, which Moerane quotes in his preface to the work. It is scored for full symphony orchestra including double woodwinds, 4 horns, triple brass, piano, harp, and percussion, and lasts approximately 11 minutes. The orchestral score is sold with a full set of parts.
Fatše La Heso score sample – bars 179-181 Image/picture
Fatše La Heso recording Video
Commercial CD recording of this work, released in 1994 on the album South African Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 on the label Marco-Polo (DDD 8.223709).
National Symphony Orchestra of the S.A.B.C. conducted by Peter Marchbank