Ruri!

(Truly!)

Date:

c. 1942

Scoring:

SATB A CAPPELLA

Catalogue No:

MMM026

Ruri! was probably composed in the 1940s in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, because Moerane's son Mofelehetsi recalls that his father 'had a lot of trouble with it', and Mofelehetsi was a teenager still living at home during those years. It is one of Moerane's most mature and best-loved works, describing in a slow-moving arc of harmonies and soaring melodic lines the beauty of nature as a creation of God. Ruri has frequently been sung at festivals and competitions in South Africa, and the first recording below is one of the better ones available, made during the Grahamstown Festival in 2000 (and used with permission). There are also several versions on Youtube, including one by the Mompati Arts Chorus, recorded live at a choral competition in South Africa, that has a piano accompaniment. The pianist mostly plays the vocal lines but sometimes embellishes them, providing an interesting example of how Moerane's works can be interpreted. A free mp3 of the spoken Sesotho lyrics is available when the score is purchased.

Duration: 3'36"

Available Products

ISMN 979-0-804007-55-8
Vocal score with tonic solfa

R89.00


Resources

Ruri – recording from Grahamstown Festival Audio

Date:
2000
Performer/s:

Moonlight Youth Choir from Berlin (Eastern Cape, South Africa) conducted by Simon Mpushe

Source:
Michael Blake New Music Indaba archive
Location:
Grahamstown Cathedral, South Africa
Publisher:
n/a

Ruri – Youtube performance from National Choir Festival Video

Date:
2019
Performer/s:

Mompati Arts Chorus

Source:
Old Mutual National Choir Festival
Location:
South Africa
Publisher:
n/a