C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Blake, Michael: Tombeau de Mosoeu Moerane 



Basic information

  • Title: 
    Tombeau de Mosoeu Moerane
  • Subtitle: 
    for soprano birbyne and tape
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  • Program notes: 

    Born in Lesotho in 1904, Michael Mosoeu Moerane was one of the foremost composers working in South Africa from the 1930s till his death in 1981. Though mostly disregarded by the white academic composing community, he has had a far-reaching influence on subsequent generations of young black composers in South Africa.
    Tombeau de Mosoeu Moerane takes DNA samples from three of his most well-known and loved choral pieces, and synthesises them into a new music, while retaining essential elements of his musical language. A composer very much ahead of his time, he may well have composed music like this himself, had circumstances in South Africa allowed it.

    I first heard the birbyne, played by Darius Klysis, at ‘Spring in Havana’ in 2008 and at his request I composed this work. The tape was realised at the Alpha Studio in Visby, Sweden during the summer of 2011, in both 2-channel and 5-channel versions.

  • Technical specs: 

    Note for performance

    The tape part can be downloaded at
    The score gives only a rough guide to the tape part.
    The birbyne should be miked and mixed together with the stereo tape.



Total number of musicians: 
Non standard




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