Aya Ngena variations for string quintet (2 violins, 2 violas, 1 cello)



Based on a South African liberation song in Zulu
Aya ngena = They Come In,
Aya phuma = They get out,
Aya didizela = They’re in a state of confusion,
Aye sab’ amagwala = The cowards are scared.
Each instrument has a turn at being the soloist with various
variations and the other parts go round, until the end section
gives each instrument the start of the solo passage in a close canon.