Five Traditional Animal Poems of the Khoikhoi (1992)

for SATB a cappella

  1. The Hyena
  2. The Hyena Addressing her Young Ones
  3. The Giraffe
  4. The Zebra
  5. The Horse Cursed by the Sun

African Journal No 14

Traditional text translated by W H I Bleek

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score BD 0552 in preparation

Duration: 5 minutes


First performance: Saturday 11 July 1992; St Augustine’s Church, Brighton, United Kingdom; Brighton Chamber Choir, Guy Richardson conductor

Programme note

These settings were composed in 1992 in response to a long-standing request from Guy Richardson. The poems, in a 19th-century translation by the philologist W H I Bleek (1827-75), are taken from his collection Reynard the Fox in South; or Hottentot Fables and Tales (London, 1864). The first performance was given by the Brighton Chamber Choir conducted by Guy Richardson on 11 July 1992 in St Augustine’s Church, Brighton.


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