National Anthem of South Africa (1997)

(Uit die blou van onse hemel ; Sounds the call to come together ; Nkosi sikelel'i Afrika)

Sontonga, Enoch Mankayi (1873?-1905) [South Africa]
Villiers, Jan Sephanus de (1827-1902) [South Africa]

Arr.: Carstens, Philippina (born in 1946) [South Africa]

Text by Anonyme
Adaptor of the text: Langenhoven, Cornelis Jacob (1873-1932) [South Africa]
Published by La Musica [South Africa] , 1997
Ref. : LM200116  (3 p.)
Text in: Afrikaans ; Sotho ; English ; Xhosa ; Zulu
Epoque: 20th century (1990-2000)
Genre-Style-Form: contrapuntal ; National anthem ; Hymn (sacred)
Mood of the piece: patriotic ; serious
Type of Choir: SATB + SATB (8 double choir OR mixed voices)
Difficulty choir (incr.from 1 to 5): 3
Difficulty conductor (incr.from A to E): B
Tonality: F major
Duration: 3.5 min.
Origin: South Africa
Source of text: Anthem Committee
Data about the life of the work: The National Anthem was compiled and adapted after 1994. To provide in the needs in South Africa with many nationalities, two songs were combined. They are: "Die Stem van Suid-Afrika" (Afrikaans and English versions) and "Nkosi sikelel'i Afrika".!This arrangement has been done by the arranger, as requested by W. van Tonder and sung by both Ad Musicum (Pretoria) and Vivaria Chamber Choir (Bloemfontein) during a European tour in 1997.
Comment(s): This anthem was arranged for two SATB choirs. The way in which the piece was arranged, tries to symbolize the integration of the many nationalities in South Africa by integrating the two songs and different languages in a contrapunctal style.