Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988) was an unusual legend in his own lifetime: a Parsi composer and critic living in England whose compositions are of such length and difficulty that he felt compelled to ban public performances of them. This book, the first devoted to Sorabji, explores his life and character, his music, his articles and letters. It both presents the legend accurately and dispels its exaggerated aspects. The portrait which emerges is not of a crank or eccentric but of a highly original and accomplished musical thinker whom recent performances and recordings confirm as unique and important. Most of the contributors knew Sorabji personally. They have all written about or performed his music, gaining international recognition for their work. Generous quotation of Sorabji's published and unpublished music and prose assists in bringing him and his work strikingly to life. The book also contains the most complete and accurate register of his work ever published.

part I|192 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

Why Sorabji?

ByPaul Rapoport

chapter 2|41 pages

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: An Introduction

ByAlistair Hinton

chapter 3|30 pages

Sorabji: A Continuation

ByPaul Rapoport

chapter 4|5 pages

A Few Recollections and Ruminations

ByFrank Holliday

chapter 5|100 pages

“Could you just send me a list of his works?”

ByPaul Rapoport

part II|138 pages

The Prose

chapter 6|61 pages

Sorabji’s Letters to Heseltine

ByKenneth Derus

chapter 7|29 pages

Sorabji’s Music Criticism

ByNazlin Bhimani

chapter 8|46 pages

Sorabji’s Other Writings

ByPaul Rapoport

part III|121 pages

The Music

chapter 9|57 pages

Sorabji’s Piano Music

ByMichael Habermann

chapter 10|30 pages

Performing Opus clavicembalisticum

ByGeoffrey Douglas Madge, Paul Rapoport

chapter 11|5 pages

Splendour upon Splendour: On Hearing Sorabji Play

ByFrank Holliday

chapter 12|27 pages

Un tessuto d’esecuzioni: A Register of Performances of Sorabji’s Works

ByMarc-André Roberge