Sorabji Resource Site (SRS)

Musical and Non-Musical Journals

This page lists the journals in which open letters and articles (or reviews) by Sorabji were published. The journals are listed in the order in which he began to send them material, with an indication of the first and last years, with an initial article moved to the end of the title to enable correct sorting. This makes it possible to show how his tastes and interests developed. The list consists of two types of journals:

Links to the current websites of the publications still in existence are given.

Brief annotations are provided for most publications, with details having a link with acquaintances of Sorabji or people in whom he was interested. No attempt is made to comment on his reading choices in the case of publications or associations that may cause one to raise an eyebrow. Furthermore, conclusions about his political opinions should not be automatically inferred from the titles or attitudes of publications in which his writings appeared.

A blank entry under “Last Item” means that the year is the same as that for “First Item”. Conjectural years are followed by a question mark; this applies to many items known only as undated clippings in Frank Holliday’s collection of Sorabjiana in the Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji Collection at McMaster University.

The number of letters and articles located so far is given in the third and fourth columns, with brackets used when some items are known only through references in correspondence. The number of extant carbon copies of open letters that Sorabji sent to Frank Holliday but for which no published version is known suggests that several remained unpublished. There may even be other journals or magazines, especially non-musical ones, for which items have yet to be found.

There is some evidence that Sorabji subscribed at one time or another to the publications of the Honest Money Association and the League against All Cruelty to Animals as well as to the journals On Target: A Fortnightly Review of News Highlights, Commonwealth Affairs, and Background Information.

See the full bibliography of these writings (other than those published in The New Age, The New English Weekly, The Chesterian, The Sackbut, and The Musical Times, which are listed in my Annotated Bibliography of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Collected Published Writings). This compilation includes a few other journals to which Sorabji sent letters that the editors did not publish. See also the tables showing the number and percentage of articles and letters published in The New Age and The New English Weekly.

Musical Journals

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Title (British unless otherwise mentioned) First Item Last Item Letters Articles
Title (British unless otherwise mentioned) First Item Last Item Letters Articles
Musical Standard, The : A Journal for Musicians, Professional and Amateur

{Periodical founded by A. W. Hammond and published between 1862 and 1933. Its first series (1862-1871) has been indexed in detail by RIPM.}
1914 1917 13
Monthly Musical Record

{Periodical published between 1871 and 1960. A detailed index is currently in preparation at RIPM.}
1914 1930 2 1
Musical Times, The

{Oldest music journal published in the United Kingdom; founded in 1844.}
1916 1965 61 5
Music Student, The

{Periodical published in Leeds between 1908 and 1921 by the Home Music Study Union and Music Teachers’ Association, it was edited by Percy Scholes.}
1917 1
Chesterian, The

{Magazine published by the music publisher J. & W. Chester between 1915 and 1961; founded by O. M. Kling, it was first edited by G. Jean-Aubry and, between 1947 and 1950, by Rollo H. Myers. Sorabji was listed as a contributor for England in the issue for September-October 1929. A full index is in the list of forthcoming titles at RIPM.}
1919 1
Sackbut, The: A Musical Review

{Periodical published between 1920 and 1934; at first edited by Philip Heseltine, who was replaced by Ursula Greville after the publisher J. Curwen took it over in 1921. A full index is in the list of forthcoming titles at RIPM.}
1920 1929 2 4
Musical Opinion and Music Trade Review [current link]

{Magazine published since 1877; a sister magazine entitled The Organ was launched in 1921. Among its editors was Clinton Gray-Fisk, who was active from 1945 to his death in 1961; one of its contributors was Christopher à Becket Williams, who wrote humoristic columns under the pen name “Sinjon Wood”.}
1920 1958 40 4
Musical America [current link]

{American periodical founded by John C. Freund and published since 1898}
1921 1
Musical News and Herald

{Periodical published between 1891 and 1929}
1924 1925 3 3
Musical Courier: Weekly Review of World’s Music

{American periodical published between 1880 and 1961}
1924 1
Gramophone, The [current link]

{Magazine devoted mainly to record reviewing founded in 1923 by the Scottish author Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972). The name changed from The Gramophone to simply Gramophone starting with vol. 51, no. 610 (April 1974), though the cover began to appear in this form starting with vol. 17, no. 553 (June 1969). The magazine’s digital archive (subscription needed) makes it easy to trace Sorabji’s articles and passing mentions of his name.}
1924 1950 20
Music and Letters [current link] 1926 1
Milo [Magazine of the Imperial League of Opera]

{Magazine founded by Sir Thomas Beecham, with Philip Heseltine as editor; it folded after three issues.}
1929 1
Rotunda, The : A Journal of Artistic Organ Building and Musical Progress

{Periodical published between 1925 and 1934}
1930 1
Scottish Musical Journal, The 1930 1
Musical Mirror and Fanfare, The

{Monthly periodical published between 1920 and 1932}
1931 1932 2 1
Music Journal (Leeds) 1972 1
Music and Musicians

{Monthly periodical published between 1952 and 1987}
1972 1978 2

Non-Musical Journals

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Title (British unless otherwise mentioned) First Item Last Item Letters Articles
Title (British unless otherwise mentioned) First Item Last Item Letters Articles
New Age, The: A Weekly Record of Christian Culture, Social Service and Literary Life

{Magazine published from 1894 to 1938 and edited between 1907 and 1922 by Alfred Richard Orage, under whose editorship it promoted guild socialism. Among its notable contributors were G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), Anthony Ludovici (1882-1971), and Hugh MacDiarmid.}
1915 1934 36 194
Medical Times (General Practitioners’ Alliance, London) 1921 1
Occult Review, The : A Magazine Devoted to the Investigation of Supernatural Phenomena and the Study of Psychological Problems

{Monthly magazine edited by Ralph Shirley, and published between 1905 and 1951. Offered contributions by such writers as Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) and (Roland) Meredith Starr (1890-1971).

A list of contents for most of the entire run is available in the English section of Koretaka Eguchi’s Sapphire Museum of Magic and Occultism On Line. Background information and digitized versions for issues published between January 1905 and April 1938 on the website of the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals.}
1923 1943 12
Daily Telegraph [current link]

{Newspaper founded in 1855}
1924 1971 8?
Catholic Times, The (now The Universe) [current link] ? 1
New English Weekly, The: A Review of Public Affairs, Literature and the Arts

{Magazine advocating the doctrine of the Social Credit Party, published between 1932 and 1949, edited by Alfred Richard Orage and, from 1934 onwards, by Philip Mairet.}
1932 1949 37 305
Word, The: Against the World of Capitalism, Militarism, Fascism and Dictatorship (1938), continued as The Word: To Rouse the People, to Combat War, and to Speed Commonwealth

{Periodical published in Glasgow between 1939 and 1950}
1939? 1942? 2
Modern Mystic and Monthly Science Review, The: A Monthly Journal Devoted to the Study of Mysticism and the Occult Sciences

{Periodical edited by Nell [Norman] Dagg (1897-1962) and published in London by King, Littlewood & King between January 1937 and January 1940 and between 1945 and December 1948. Featured articles by Sorabji’s friend Bernard Bromage. Background information and digitized versions for issues published between January 1937 and November 1938 on the website of the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals.}
1939? 1939? 2
Catholic Herald [current link]

{Roman Catholic newspaper established in 1888 by Charles Diamond (1858-1934), who was succeeded by Michael de la Bédoyère (1900-1973; active (1934-62) as editor.}
1943 1962 35
Parliament Christian (Incorporating “Posterity”): The Organ of the People’s Common Law Parliament to amend the deficiencies in present parliamentary and electoral procedure, to ensure that the Will of the people shall prevail, to give security to all and remove the economic and other causes of War, to establish a true Christian social order

{Published between 1940 and 1948}
1944 1944 1
Scottish Arts & Letters

{Periodical published in Glasgow by William Maclellan between 1994 and 1950}
1944 1
Social Creditor for Political and Economic Realism, The (Liverpool)

{Periodical published since 1938; later known as The Social Creditor, it was as incorporated into The Social Artist in 2013.}
1946 1?
Peoples Post (Incorporating “The Bedford Newsletter”), The: Organ of the British People’s Party

{Far-right periodical published in 1939-40 and between 1945 and 1954; at some point edited by John Warburton Beckett (1894-1964), from 1934 onwards a member of Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists and founder, in 1939, of the far-right British People’s Party.}
1947 1953 6 3
Prediction: Magazine for the Occult and Astrology, Incorporating Weekly Horoscope and Fantasy

{Probably began publication in 1936}
1979 2?
Royalist, The: A Magazine of Royalism, Its Destiny, Mission, Purpose and Use (new series)

{Published by the Royal Stuart Society; probably began publication in 1951}
1951 1960 4
Swanage Times, The

{Newspaper published in a city located near Corfe Castle, where Sorabji lived from the early 1950s onwards.}
1952? 1977 72?
Guardian, The [current link]

{Newspaper founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian}
1953 1953? 1
Radio Times

{Broadcast listings magazine published by the BBC starting in 1923}
1954? 1?
European, The: The Journal of Opposition

{Periodical edited by Diana Mitford (1910-2003), the wife of Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists.}
1955 1958 4 2
Candour: The British Views-Letter (To serve as a link between Britons all over the world in protest against the surrender of their heritage) (South Croydon, Surrey) [current link]

{Right-wing magazine founded in 1953 and edited by A. K. Chesterton (1896-1973) until his death}
1955 1956 4?
Observer, The

{Sunday newspaper founded in 1791} [current link]
1955 1966 2?
Sunday Times, The [current link]

{Newspaper founded in 1822. Ernest Newman was its music critic from 1920 until his death.}
1955? 1964 3?
Health and Life and B.B.A. Monthly (Health & Life World Fellowship)

{Periodical founded in 1934 by Edgar Saxon, who had previously run The Healthy Life ?-1930, 1934-36)}
1956 1962 5
Union (Incorporating “Action”): Organ of the Union Movement

{Anti-communist weekly newspaper published between 1948 and 1957 by the Sanctuary Press Ltd., which was associated with the British Union of Fascists. Action, which the Sanctuary Press had begun publishing in 1940, was a mouthpiece for the British Union of Fascists.}
1956 1958 3
Whitby Gazette [current link] 1956 1
Month, The: A Magazine of Science, Literature and Art

{Magazine published between 1864 and 2001, at some point described as “a review of Christian thought and world affairs”.}
1957 1
Distributist (League for the Restoration of Liberty by the Distribution of Property), The

{Distributivism was a third-way economic doctrine promoted by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) and Hillaire Belloc (1870-1953) aiming to apply the principles of Catholic social teaching.}
1958 1
Housewives Today, Supporting the Policy of the British Housewives’ League

{The British Housewives’ League was a right-wing, non-party, group founded by Irene May Lovelock (née Northover-Smith; 1896-1974). The publication, which probably started in 1947, appears to have been edited by a person close to the Social Crediter (see the entry above).}
1958 1
Spectator, The [current link]

{Weekly magazine founded in 1828 and edited, at the time of Sorabji’s contribution, by the Conservative politician Ian Hedworth John Little Gilmour, Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar (1926-2007).}
1958 1?
Westminster Cathedral Chronicle

{Periodical published between 1907 and 1934}
1958 1
Encounter: Literature, Arts, Politics

{Periodical founded in 1953 by the poet Stephen Spender (1909-95) and Irving Kristol (1920-2009; known as the “godfather of neoconservatism”) and published until 1991; it was published by, or had links with, the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an anti-communist advocacy group founded in 1950.}
1959 1
Sunday Telegraph, The [current link]

{Newspaper founded in 1961}
1962? 3?
Tomorrow (Absorbed “Sovereignty”): A Journal for the World Citizen of the New Age

{Periodical published between 1939 and 1948. Sovereignty began publication in 1946 and described itself as “The Voice of National Britain”.}
1963 1964 2
Times Literary Supplement [current link]

{Weekly literary review first published in 1902 and separate from The Times since 1914}
1964 1
Gambit: Edinburgh University Review

{Scottish quarterly periodical published between 1958 and 1965}
1965 1
Listening Post, The (Bournemouth?) 1966? 1
Royalist Viewpoint

{Periodical published between 1968 and 1973 by the Royal Stuart Society, which was founded in 1926.}
1968 1969 2 1
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