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Dedicatees and Dates of First Meeting

This page gives, in alphabetical order, the names of the dedicatees of Sorabji’s musical works with the date, given in as complete a form as possible but very often conjectural, on which a first meeting or a first exchange of letters (whoever the first writer may be) took place. In addition to providing information on the date of first acquaintance, the page gives a different view of the data on the number of works dedicated to each person.

Conventions used for dates

  • Format: year-month-day format, often followed by ATL (at the latest), which is all that can be said in many cases.
  • Italic: date of completion of a dedicated work.
  • Bullet (•): date derived from a letter to Sorabji,
  • Pilcrow (¶): date derived from a letter from Sorabji.
  • Em dash (—): unknown date.

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Dedicatee Titles Works (N) Date of First Meeting
Dedicatee Titles Works (N) Date of First Meeting
Ashworth, Edward Clarke Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.)
“Quaere reliqua hujus materiei inter secretiora” (1940; 16 pp.) {Letters to Frank Holliday suggest that the “E.” of the dedication could be this friend.}
2 1937-00-00 (ATL)
Best, Reginald Norman Nocturne, “Jāmī” (1928; 28 pp.)
Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.)
Messa grande sinfonica (1955-61; 1,001 pp.)
3 Late 1920s, maybe earlier
Bowen, York Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.) 1 1939-00-00 (ATL)
Brittain, Rex H. Arabesque (1920; 2 pp.)
Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.)
2 1920-00-00 (ATL)
Bromage, Bernard Concerto pour piano et orchestra da camera [no. 3] (1918; 100 pp.)
Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.) {transferred to Frank Holliday}
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.) {transferred to Frank Holliday)
3 1918-00-00 (ATL)
Burton-Page, Anthony Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) 1 1979-04-21¶ (ATL)
Busoni, Ferruccio Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.)
Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.)
Variazioni e fuga triplice sopra “Dies irae” per pianoforte (1923-26; 201 pp.) {in memory of}
3 1919-11-25
Chisholm, Erik Trois poèmes du “Gulistān” de Saʿdī (1926, rev. 1930; 16 pp.)
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.)
Tāntrik Symphony for Piano Alone (1938-39; 284 pp.)
3 1926-11-25¶; 1929-07-17 (ATL; meeting in London)
Cooper, James H., and Joy McArden Trois poèmes (1941; 13 pp.) 1 1941-00-00 (ATL; no known meeting)
Cortot, Alfred Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.) 1 1921-10-09• (ATL; no known meeting, but letters exist)
Davies, E. Emlyn Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.) 1 1928-05-17 (ATL)
Davey, Frank Fragment: Prelude and Fugue on FxAxx DAxEx (1926; 3 pp.) 1 1926-00-00 (ATL)
De Solis, Aldo Solito Concerto V for Piano and Large Orchestra [no. 8] (1927-28; 344 pp.) 1 1928-00-00 (ATL; no known meeting or even letter)
Delius, Frederick Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) {in memory of} 1 1930-04-23• (no meeting)
Derus, Kenneth Opus secretum atque necromanticum (1980-81; 48 pp.) {dedicated to Gentieu on 28 March 1981 and to Derus on 26 May 1984} 1 1974-08-14• (ATL)
Edroff-Smith, Emily Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.)
Transcription in the Light of Harpsichord Technique for the Modern Piano of the Chromatic Fantasia of J. S. Bach, Followed by a Fugue (1940; 15 pp.)
2 1892-08-14 (since birth)
Ellis, Havelock Concerto per pianoforte e piccola orchestra, “Simorg-Anka” [no. 7] (1924; 100 pp.) 1 1920-07-20• (ATL)
Garvelmann, Donald M. Pasticcio capriccioso sopra l’op. 64, no 1 del Chopin (1933; 8 pp.) {dedicated to the composer’s mother; inscription to Garvelmann added some time in or after 1969} 1 1967-08-04•
Gentieu, Norman P. Concerto pour piano et grand orchestre [no. 4] (1918; 100 pp.)
Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.)
Suggested Bell-Chorale for St. Luke’s Carillon (1961; 1 p.)
Opus secretum atque necromanticum (1980-81; 48 pp.) {also, and independently, to Kenneth Derus}
4 1946-03-10•; 1985-05-31 (meeting around this date)
Gray-Fisk, Clinton Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.)
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.)
Toccata terza (1955; 91 pp.)
3 1929-00-00 (ATL)
Habermann, Michael “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: Variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.) 1 1971-07-05• (ATL)
Heseltine, Philip Concerto [no. 1] pour piano et grand orchestre (1915-16; 177 pp.)
Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.)
2 1913-10-03¶
Hinton, Alistair Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.) {1970s}
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.) {1975; a previous dedication to Erik Chisholm is also possible, the work having been written for him}
Benedizione di San Francesco d’Assisi (1973; 2 pp.)
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.)
Opusculum clavisymphonicum vel claviorchestrale (1973-75; 334 pp.)
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.)
Frammenti aforistici (4) (1977; 1 p.)
Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (1977-78; 113 pp.) {dedicated verbally}
8 1972-02-00•; 1972-08-21 (meeting)
Holliday, Frank Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.)
“Gulistān”—​Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) {transferred to Harold Morland in 1979}
Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.) {transferred to Harold Morland in 1979}
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) {transferred to Paul Rapoport in 1979}
4 1937-00-00
Ireland, John Opusculum for Orchestra (1923; 36 pp.)
Opus clavisymphonicum—​Concerto for Piano and Large Orchestra for Piano and Large Orchestra (1957-59; 333 pp.)
2 1923-05-00 (ATL)
Jenkins, Theodore Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) 1 1920-00-00 (ATL)
MacDiarmid, Hugh Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.)
Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.)
2 1921-00-00 (ATL)
Madge, Geoffrey Douglas Passeggiata arlecchinesca sopra un frammento di Busoni (“Rondò arlecchinesco”) (1981-82; 16 pp.) 1 1980-02-04 (visit)
Marchesi, Blanche L’irrémédiable (1927; 8 pp.) 1 1919-11-25 (same day as with Busoni)
Marrot, Vincent Valse-fantaisie for Piano (1925; 16 pp.) 1 1925-00-00 (ATL)
Martine, Marthe Trois poèmes pour chant et piano (1918, 1919; 9 pp.) 1 1921-06-02 (ATL)
Morland, Harold “Gulistān”—​Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) {transferred from Frank Holliday in 1979}
Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.) {transferred from Frank Holliday in 1979}
Frammenti aforistici (20) (1964; 9 pp.)
Frammenti aforistici (Sutras) (104) (1962-64; 37 pp.) {inscribed in 1972 to Donald M. Garvelmann}
Frammento cantato (1967; 1 p.)
5 1926-00-00 (ATL)
Nason, Edward St. Bertrand de Comminges: “He was laughing in the tower” (1941; 16 pp.) 1 1935-00-00 (mid 1930s)
Peterkin, Norman Quasi habanera (1917; 6 pp.)
Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.)
Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.)
Concerto da suonare da me solo e senza orchestra, per divertirmi (1946; 70 pp.)
4 1917-00-00
Petri, Egon Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.) 1 1931-05-00 (ATL)
Procter, Robert William Due sutras sul nome dell’amico Alexis (1981, 1984; 2 pp.) 1 — (never met)
Rapoport, Paul Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) {transferred in 1979 from Frank Holliday} 1 1976-06-14 (visit; correspondence had begun in late 1974)
Richards, George Third Symphony for Piano Solo (1959-60; 144 pp.) 1 1934-06-00 (ca.)
Rowley, Alec Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.) 1 1930-11-00
Rutland, Harold Fragment Written for Harold Rutland (1926, 1928, 1937; 2 pp.)
Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.)
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.)
3 1922-00-00 (ATL)
Saurat, Denis Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.) 1 1929-00-00 (late 1920s)
Scott, Francis George Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) 1 1921-00-00 (ca.)
Sitwell, Sir Sacheverell Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.) 1 1921-11-00 (ATL)
Solomon, Yonty Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.) {dedicated to Alistair Hinton on 6 October 1973 and to Solomon around the time of his performance of the work (16 June 1977)} 1 1976-04-23¶ (ATL)
Sorabji, Madeline Matilda (née Worthy; the composer’s mother) Chaleur—​Poème (1916-17; 32 pp.)
Trois fêtes galantes de Verlaine (ca. 1919; 11 pp.)
Symphony [no. 1] for Piano, Large Orchestra, Chorus, and Organ (1921-22; 300 pp.)
Movement for Voice and Piano (1927, 1931; 9 pp.)
Pasticcio capriccioso sopra l’op. 64, no 1 del Chopin (1933; 8 pp.)
5 1892-08-14 (since birth, or even conception)
Spencer-Bentley, Clive Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) 1 1979-07-00 (ATL)
Stevenson, Ronald Villa Tasca: Mezzogiorno siciliano—​Evocazione nostalgica e memoria tanta cara e preziosa del giardino meraviglioso, splendido, tropicale (1979-80; 47 pp.) 1 1958-07-28•; 1979-06-27 (meeting)
Trew, Charles A. Concerto pour piano et orchestra da camera [no. 3] (1918; 100 pp.) 1 1910-00-00 (early 1910s)
Vicars, Mervyn (with Denise, Adrian, and Kevin) Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.) {dedicatee to Denis Saurat; inscription to Vicars added in 1969} 1 1933-00-00
Welsh, Henry Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) 1 1936-00-00 (ATL)
Williams, Christopher à Becket Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) {no. 3 only}
Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.)
2 1922-00-00 (ATL)
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