Sorabji Resource Site (SRS)

Favourite Composers, Performers, and Authors

This page lists, in chronological order, the names of people whom Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji praised (most) consistently in his writings.

A short description is added in the case of authors, some of whom are not as well known as composers and performers. A bullet () identifies dedicatees and personal acquaintances or friends. Brief identifying information is added in the case of authors.


Active before the Twentieth Century

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Hector Berlioz (1803-69)
Richard Wagner (1811-83)
Franz Liszt (1811-86)
Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-88)
Ernest Chausson (1855-99)

Active during the Twentieth Century

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)•
Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Max Reger (1873-1916)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Nicolas Medtner (1880-1951)
Francis George Scott (1880-1958)•
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
York Bowen (1884-1961)•
Bernard van Dieren (1887-1936)•



Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961)


Violet Gordon Woodhouse (1872-1948)
Wanda Landowska (1879-1959)


E. Emlyn Davies (1885-1951)•
Fernando Germani (1906-98)


Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)
Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)•
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Egon Petri (1881-1962)•
Vladimir Horowitz (1903-89)


Emma Calvé (1858-1942)
Blanche Marchesi (1864-1940)•
Luisa Tetrazzini (1871-1940)
Louise Kirby-Lunn (1873-1930)
John McCormack (1884-1945)
Frank Mullings (1881-1953)
Toti dal Monte (1893-1975)


Šamsuʾd-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfiẓ (1325-90), Persian lyric poet
Mawlānā Nūruʾd-Dīn ʿAbduʾr-Ramān Ǧāmī (1414-92), Persian poet
Abū Abdiʾllah Mušarrifuʾd-Dīn Ibn Muṣliḥud-Dīn Saʿdī (ca. 1200-ca. 1291), Persian poet
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564), Italian artist and poet
Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), English psychologist and writer on the psychology of sexuality•
Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), English antiquarian and writer of ghost stories
Norman Douglas (1868-1952), Scottish novelist
Ernest Newman (1868-1959), English music critic•
Alfred Richard Orage (1873-1934), English editor and social thinker•
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), English novelist and critic
Denis Saurat (1890-1958), French writer on literature, philosophy, and religion•

Last modified: 2024-03-05
© Marc-André Roberge 2024
Sorabji Resource Site (SRS)
Faculté de musique, Université Laval, Québec

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