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Dimensions and Colours of the Published Editions

This table gives the dimensions (height × width), expressed in inches (i.e., the units used at the time and place of production), of the compositions published by Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji between 1921 and 1931 thanks to the financial support of his father, as well as the two other scores published later. Column Format makes it easy to see if a score is in portrait or landscape format. The colours used for the covers (light cardboard) and for the lettering (usually black) are also indicated.

Note: Some anomalies in sorting are unavoidable due to the presence of fractions.

The editions published by the Sorabji Archive since 1988 (not included here) are all supplied with plain white cardboard A3 or A4 covers and comb bindings when ordered on paper. From July 2012 the scores can also be ordered as PDF files.

See also the page on special limited editions, where the dimensions for Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) are given.

The colours of the covers of three of the editions listed below are used for the bars in the Sorabji Resource Site’s logo and for the section headings.

Added features

The score of the Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.) comes with an inserted sheet measuring 10 5/8 × 6 3/4 in (26.9 × 17.2 cm) with seven corrections (all with musical excerpts).

The score of the Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.) includes four seven-page string parts. The parts found in the former collection of the Hart House String Quartet, which was scheduled to give the first performance in New York, are marked (typewritten in full caps: THE PROPERTY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS’ GUILD. These extensively annotated parts can be found in the Edward Johnson Music Library (University of Toronto) under call number M512 .S72 Q5 (Restricted or Protected Material). For further details, see Marc-André Roberge, “Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Quintet for Piano and Four Stringed Instruments and Its Intended Performance by Norah Drewett and the Hart House String Quartet”, in Music in Canada/La musique au Canada: A Collection of Essays,Volume I, ed. Guido Bimberg, Kanada-Studien, im Auftrag des Instituts für Kanada-Studien der Universität Augsburg, vol. 25 (Bochum: Universitätsverlag Dr. N. Brockmeyer, 1997), 91-108.

The score of the Pastiche on the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin (1922; 7 pp.) was published as part of Thirteen Transcriptions for Piano Solo of Chopin’s Waltz in D Flat, Op. 64, No. 1 (The Minute Waltz) by Rafael Joseffy, Moriz Rosenthal, Isidor Philipp, [Max Laistner], Max Reger, Giuseppe Ferrata, Michael Zadora, Moritz Moszkowski, Alexander Michałowski, Joe Furst and Published for the First Time the Pastiche of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, edited and annotated by Donald M. Garvelmann (Bronx [obliterated and replaced with “New York”], N.Y.: Music Treasure Publications, 1969). It comes with a two sections of accompanying documents.

Preliminary pages

  • Inside front cover: Reproductions of nine title pages of as many arrangements
  • [i]: Title page
  • ii: “Contents”
  • iii: “Note”
  • iv-vi: “Introduction: What Have We Done to the Minute Waltz?”
  • vii: “Footnotes”
  • viii-x: Photographs of the arrangers (27, shown as 3 pages of 9 photographs each)


  • [79, 80]: Section title (Appendix) and blank page
  • 81-88: “About the Waltz”
  • 89: “Footnotes”
  • 90-93: [Text and iconographical documentation about the London manuscript (Royal College of Music) and the Paris manuscript (Bibliothèque nationale)
  • 94: Blank page
  • 95: Reproductions of title pages of three early editions
  • 96-97: Reproductions of the first French (Brandus) and German (Breitkopf & Härtel) editions (engraved)
  • 98: First page of Sorabji’s arrangement, superimposed with a photograph of Sorabji at the piano in 1966.
  • 99-103: Biographical Notes (the most extended note, on pp. 103-4, is about Sorabji)
  • 104-6: “Discography”
  • [107]: Blank page
  • [108]: “Erratum”
  • Inside back cover: Reproductions of nine title pages of as many arrangements (with the title page of Sorabji’s manuscript in the lower-right corner)

The score of the Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.), published in a performing edition by Ronald Stevenson as part of the Bravura Series of Piano Masterworks (Aylesbury: Bardic Edition, 1987), comprises the following sections:

  • Front cover: Elaborately designed cover
  • [1]: Title
  • [2]: Blank page
  • [3]: “Notes on Sorabji’s Fantasiettina” (signed Alistair Hinton and Ronald Stevenson)
  • [4]: Facsimile of the first pencil sketch towards the performing edition, with written approval by Sorabji, with text reading “Shortly after composing this work I[,] Kaikhosru Sorabji, lent the manuscript to Ronald Stevenson who made a pencil rought draft before returning it to me. Some time later my original manuscript was lost and had not come to light when this microfilming was made. Mr Stevenson’s copy of this work is completely and wholly approved and duly endorsed by me and is reproduced in its entirety on the microfilm by my and Mr Stevenson’s permission. Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji”.
  • [5]: Facsimile of the motto comprising the dedicatee’s musical letters from the manuscript (pp. 36-37) and the published score (pp. 38-39) of Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.)
  • [6]: Photograph of Sorabji with an inscription reading “Greetings to Ronald Stevenson from Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji IV. VII. MCMLXVI. A.D.”
  • [7]: “Soggetto musicale in rubrica” (with a musical example in red ink with the notes corresponding to the name Christopher Grieve)
  • 8-13: Score
  • [14]: “Editorial Note, Fantasiettina Exercices” (signed Ronald Stevenson, May 1987)
  • [15-16]: “Fantasiettina Exercices 1-7”
  • Back cover: Colophon describing the cover design by John R. MacWilliam

Title Dimensions
(H × W)
Format Colour Lettering
Title Dimensions
(H × W)
Format Colour Lettering
Trois fêtes galantes de Verlaine (ca. 1919; 11 pp.) 12″ × 8 7/8″ P Beige Black
Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.) 12 7/8″ × 10 3/8″ P Black Rust
Trois poèmes pour chant et piano (1918, 1919; 9 pp.) 12″ × 9″ P Grey Green
Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.)
10 1/2″ × 13 1/4″ L Grey Black
Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) 13″ × 10 3/8″ P Black Pinkish
Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) 12 3/4″ × 10 1/2″ P Grey Black
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.) 12 7/16″ × 9 5/16″ P Grey Black
Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.) 10 5/8″ × 13 1/2″ L Greyish beige Black
Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.)
10 3/4″ × 14 3/4″ L Beige Black
Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.)
10 7/8″ × 14 1/2″ L Beige Black
Le jardin parfumé—​Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.)
9″ × 12″ L Mottled green Black
Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.) 10 3/4″ × 14 3/4″ L Mottled red Black
Valse-fantaisie for Piano (1925; 16 pp.)
9″ × 12″ L Mottled brownish gold Black
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.)
9 13/16″ × 13″ (thickness: 3/4″) L Mottled pewter gold Black
Pastiche on the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin (1922; 7 pp.)
12″ × 9″ P Brownish yellow needle-point lace motive on white background Brown
Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.)
12″ × 9″ P Brown Red (with gold border)
Last modified: 2024-03-05
© Marc-André Roberge 2024
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Faculté de musique, Université Laval, Québec

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