Requested by the Friends of Daniel Matej
Publisher: Bardic Edition
Published in: Collected Shorter Piano Pieces Vol 2 (2015) – Bardic Edition BDE 954
Duration: 50 seconds
Recorded by Ivan Siller on 'Fifty' INMUSIC 001
First performance: Wednesday 10 September 2014; Slovak Radio Large Concert Hall, Bratislava, Slovakia; Ivan Siller piano.
The hymns of Ntsikana Gaba compressed into 50 seconds for piano as a 50th birthday offering to Daniel Matej was one of 50 pieces requested by Daniel Matej’s colleagues for a piano recital to mark his 50th birthday in 2013. It compresses, into 50 seconds, the four extant hymns of the Xhosa composer Ntsikana Gaba, the first known indigenous composer in South Africa.