Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji's earliest recollection of music was of his mother singing Marguerite in Berlioz's Damnation of Faust in Paris. In London, where Sorabji lived with his parents, he received his first piano lessons from his mother, probably at an early age, and began attending concerts regularly. In December 1936, Sorabji gave his last public recital: his Toccata seconda in Glasgow. Sorabji emerged as a writer of tremendous conviction and profound scholarship with a complete command of English. Among Sorabji's enclosures was the card which he had printed in response to being mislabelled in several reference works. In the early 1950s, the composer's friend Frank Holliday went to an extraordinary amount of trouble to arrange for a presentation letter to be given to Sorabji urging him to make recordings. Some chronological vacillations have been necessary in recounting the events surrounding Sorabji and his work which have come to pass since 1976, due to their overlap and number.