Sorabji Resource Site (SRS)

Chronological List of Works with KSS Numbers and Years of Publication

This page lists Sorabji’s works in the chronological order used in the “Catalogue of Works” in Opus sorabjianum , which is derived from the corresponding section in SCC, 93-192, with some reordering to take post-1992 research and discoveries into account.

KSS: Numbers assigned by the Sorabji Archive in its List of Compositions of Sorabji’s works. The differences in the sequence of numbers result from that list having been created when the Archive was founded and research was in its very early stages. No numbers were assigned to works then known only by references in the correspondence or other archival documents. The Archive nevertheless took into account Toccata terza (1955; 91 pp.), included owing to the likelihood of its turning up eventually, which it finally did in September 2019. These works have a dash () in place of the numbers.

The works published between 1921 and 1931 under the composer’s supervision included at the bottom centre a number preceded by the composer’s initials, e.g., K. S. 16. They were assigned to all such works except Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.) and Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.), which would have been K.S.2 and K.S.3. These numbers were skipped when the moment came to assign one to the Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.), which therefore was identified with K.S.4. A full list is given in SCC, 104. Several modern editions published by the Sorabji Archive have the same footer on the first page of music, using the number in column KSS, for instance K.S.S. 63.

Title: Normalized titles as given in Opus sorabjianum and on the Sorabji Resource Site. These titles are different from those proposed by the Sorabji Archive, especially in matters of capitalization.

Cat.: Category number used to group the works under one of nine headings, plus three subdivided into two, marked a and b, for a total of twelve, in the “Short Catalog” found in SCC, 175-79.

  • 1     Piano solo
  • 2     Organ solo
  • 3     Piano and orchestra
  • 4a   Orchestra without voices
  • 4b   Orchestra with voices
  • 5a   Chamber ensemble without voices
  • 5b   Chamber ensemble with voice(s)
  • 6a   Voice and piano
  • 6b   Voice and organ
  • 7     Carillon
  • 8     (Piano) transcriptions
  • 9     Unknown

First Edition: Year of publication of the latest edition. A dash () is used for works whose eventual publication is highly unlikely, if not totally impossible because no autograph has yet been found. Blank entries indicate works that are still unpublished and for which no edition is known to be in progress.

Later Editions: More recent editions than the first publications are listed in reverse chronological order to give precedence to the latest ones. Editions in progress (or reserved) are indicated by 2999 (used for sorting purposes). See also page Current or Recent Research.

The family names of the editors are given in the two columns giving publication years; full names will be found on page Editors of Music Scores, which offers a list ordered by names and includes the number of pages of their edtions.

The Sorabji Archive’s website has a table entitled Progress in Sorabji editing, performing and recording, showing the number of pages edited, performed, and recorded. Some information on edition projects has been given by Alistair Hinton on the Sorabji Forum in posts of 29 March 2014, 27 November 2017, 25 March 2019, and 14 May 2020. It is imperative to contact the Sorabji Archive to discuss one’s intention of contributing an edition and receive approval before embarking on the task of entering notes, as an edition may already be in progress without having been announced as underway.

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KSS Title Cat. First Edition Later Editions
KSS Title Cat. First Edition Later Editions
Transcription of “In a Summer Garden” (1914; 0 p.) 8
1 The Poplars (1915; 3 pp.) 6a 2999 (Roberge; completed in 2007 but temporarily withheld)
2 Chrysilla (1915; 4 pp.) 6a 2007 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
3 Roses du soir (1915; 4 pp.) 6a 2002 (Abrahams)
4 L’heure exquise (1916; 2 pp.) 6a 1992 (Hamelin) 2006 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
5 Vocalise pour soprano fioriturata (1916; 3 pp.) 6a 2006 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
6 Concerto [no. 1] pour piano et grand orchestre (1915-16; 177 pp.) 3
Vocalise no. 2 (1916; 0 p.) 6a
Medea (1916; 0 p.) 4b
7 Apparition (1916; 5 pp.) 6a 2001 (Abrahams)
8 Hymne à Aphrodite (1916; 5 pp.) 6a 2006 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
9 Sonata no. 0 for Piano (1917; 30 pp.) 1 2015 (Jarvis)
15 Chaleur—​Poème (1916-17; 32 pp.) 4a 2013 (Jarvis)
12 Quasi habanera (1917; 6 pp.) 1 1992 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
10 L’étang (1917; 2 pp.) 6a 2006 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
13 Désir éperdu (Fragment) (1917; 1 p.) 1 2005 (Jarvis)
14 Concerto II pour piano et grand orchestre (1916-17; 49 pp.) 3 2999
16 Concerto pour piano et orchestra da camera [no. 3] (1918; 100 pp.) 3
18 Concerto pour piano et grand orchestre [no. 4] (1918; 100 pp.) 3
11 I Was Not Sorrowful—​Poem for Voice and Piano [Spleen] (between 1917 and 1919; 3 pp.) 6a 2006 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
11a Le mauvais jardinier (1919; 1 p.) 6a 2006 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
37 Trois fêtes galantes de Verlaine (ca. 1919; 11 pp.) 6a 1924
19 Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) 1 1922
20 Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.) 1 1921 2999
21 Trois poèmes pour chant et piano (1918, 1919; 9 pp.) 6a 1921 2999
22 Music to “The Rider by Night” (1919; 54 pp.) 5b 2008 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
24 Arabesque (1920; 2 pp.) 6a 2006 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
17, 23 Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) {different numbers were assigned to the two pieces (“In the Hothouse”, “Toccata”)} 1 1921 2019 (Lee)
27 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.) 3 1923
26 Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.) 5a 1923 2999
28 Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.) 1 1923 2021 (William A.P.M.)
29 Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.) 1 1925 (copyright on first page of music, but copyright of 1924 on title page) 2021 (Lee)
30 Symphony [no. 1] for Piano, Large Orchestra, Chorus, and Organ (1921-22; 300 pp.) 4b
Black Mass (1922; 0 p.) 4b
31 Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) 8 1969 (Garvelmann, no. 1)
1992 (Roberge, nos. 2 and 3, separately; second impression, 2009)
2014 (Roberge; new edition of nos. 1-3)
2005 (Roberge; new edition of no. 1; second impression, 2009)
25 Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.) 1 1924
32 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no.] III [no. 6] (1922; 144 pp.) 3 2999
34 Opusculum for Orchestra (1923; 36 pp.) 4a 2014 (Jarvis)
35 Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.) 1 1927 2014 (Powell)
33 Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel—​Transcription de concert pour piano (first version, 1923; 16 pp.) 8 2005 (Jarvis)
36 Cinque sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti (1923; 40 pp.) 5b 2005 (Roberge; second impression, 2009) 2022 (Roberge; second edition)
38 Concerto per pianoforte e piccola orchestra, “Simorg-Anka” [no. 7] (1924; 100 pp.) 3 2020 (Powell)
39 Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.) 2 1925 2013 (Bowyer; new edition)
1988 (Bowyer; corrected edition)
40 Valse-fantaisie for Piano (1925; 16 pp.) 1 1927 2999
1993 (Amato and Rice)
41 Variazioni e fuga triplice sopra “Dies irae” per pianoforte (1923-26; 201 pp.) 1 2999
41a Fragment: Prelude and Fugue on FxAxx DAxEx (1926; 3 pp.) 1 2013 (Younger)
42 Trois poèmes du “Gulistān” de Saʿdī (1926, rev. 1930; 16 pp.) 6a 1991 (Wolfson)
44 L’irrémédiable (1927; 8 pp.) 6a 1993 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
45 Concerto V for Piano and Large Orchestra [no. 8] (1927-28; 344 pp.) 3
46 Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.) 1 2001 (Younger)
47 Nocturne, “Jāmī” (1928; 28 pp.) 1 1994 (Hopkins) 2004 (Powell)
48 Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) 1 2004 (Abrahams)
49 Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.) 1 1992 (Amato) 2013 (Jarvis)
48a Introduction, Passacaglia, Cadenza, and Fugue (1929; compl. Alexander Abercrombie, 2004; 79 pp.) 1 2005 (Abercrombie)
Music for “Faust” (ca. 1930; 0 p.) 9
50 Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) 1 1931 2999
51 Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.) 1 2019 (Sánchez-Aguilera)
52 Movement for Voice and Piano (1927, 1931; 9 pp.) 6a 2001 (Abrahams)
53 Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.) 2 1991 (Bowyer) 2013 (Bowyer; new edition)
54 Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.) 5a 2007 (Abercrombie)
55 Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.) 1 2002 (Powell)
56 Pasticcio capriccioso sopra l’op. 64, no 1 del Chopin (1933; 8 pp.) 8 1994 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
57 Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) 1 2004 (Abercrombie)
58 Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.) 1 2009 (Abercrombie)
43 Fragment Written for Harold Rutland (1926, 1928, 1937; 2 pp.) 1 1993 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
59 Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.) 1 2999
60 Tāntrik Symphony for Piano Alone (1938-39; 284 pp.) 1 2015 (Sánchez-Aguilera)
61 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.) 8 1993 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
62 “Quaere reliqua hujus materiei inter secretiora” (1940; 16 pp.) 1 1993 (Rice) 2013 (Powell)
63 “Gulistān”—​Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) 1 1994 (Hamelin) 2012 (Powell)
64 St. Bertrand de Comminges: “He was laughing in the tower” (1941; 16 pp.) 1 1992 (Rice) 2014 (Powell)
65 Trois poèmes (1941; 13 pp.) 6a 1988 (Hinton) 2021 (Roberge; new edition; second impression, 2009)
2007 (Roberge; second edition)
66 Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) 1 2007 (Abercrombie, with contributions by Hamelin, Jarvis, Huisman, Abrahams)
67 Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel—​Transcription de concert pour piano (second version, 1945; 26 pp.) 8 2005 (Jarvis and Acuña)
68 Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.) 8 1992 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
69 Concerto da suonare da me solo e senza orchestra, per divertirmi (1946; 70 pp.) 1 2004 (Powell, with Abercrombie, Younger, and Fabre)
70 Schlussszene aus “Salome” von Richard Strauss—​Konzertmäßige Übertragung für Klavier zu zwei Händen (1947; 25 pp.) 8 2007 (Powell)
71 Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.) 1 2008 (Abercrombie)
72 Symphony [no. 2], “Jāmī”, for Large Orchestra, Wordless Chorus, and Baritone Solo (1942-51; 826 pp.) 4b 2999
Le agonie (1951; 0 p.) 1
73 Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.) 2 2014 (Bowyer)
74 Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.) 1 2002 (Powell)
75 Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.) 1 2999
76 Toccata terza (1955; 91 pp.) 1 2021 (Sánchez-Aguilera)
77 Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.) 1 2002 (Powell)
78 Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1935-37, 1953-56; 540 pp.) 3 2014 (Vignani)
79 Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.) 1 2002 (Powell)
80 Opus clavisymphonicum—​Concerto for Piano and Large Orchestra for Piano and Large Orchestra (1957-59; 333 pp.) 3
81 Third Symphony for Piano Solo (1959-60; 144 pp.) 1 2016 (Sánchez-Aguilera)
82 Suggested Bell-Chorale for St. Luke’s Carillon (1961; 1 p.) 7 1989 (Hamelin) 2004 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
83 Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.) 1 1981 (Stevenson)
84 Messa grande sinfonica (1955-61; 1,001 pp.) 4b 2017 (Fabre)
85 Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.) 1 2014 (Abercrombie)
86 Frammenti aforistici (20) (1964; 9 pp.) 1 2012 (Steininger)
90 Frammenti aforistici (Sutras) (104) (1962-64; 37 pp.) 1 2007 (Smetryns and Huisman)
87 Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) 1 2999
88 Frammento cantato (1967; 1 p.) 6a 2007 (Roberge; second impression, 2009; third impression 2013)
89 Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.) 5a 2004 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
91 Benedizione di San Francesco d’Assisi (1973; 2 pp.) 6b 2013 (Roberge)
92 Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.) 1 2010 (Abrahams)
93 Variazione maliziosa e perversa sopra “La morte d’Åse” da Grieg (1974; 2 pp.) 1 1991 (Rice) 2005 (Jarvis)
94 Opusculum clavisymphonicum vel claviorchestrale (1973-75; 334 pp.) 3 2999
95 Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) 1 2012 (Abercrombie)
96 Frammenti aforistici (4) (1977; 1 p.) 1 2008 (Huisman)
2013 (Huisman)
97 Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (1977-78; 113 pp.) 1 2016 (Huisman)
98 “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: Variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.) 1 2004 (Abercrombie)
99 Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) 5a 2004 (Roberge; second impression, 2009) 2022 (Roberge; second edition)
100 Villa Tasca: Mezzogiorno siciliano—​Evocazione nostalgica e memoria tanta cara e preziosa del giardino meraviglioso, splendido, tropicale (1979-80; 47 pp.) 1 2008 (Abrahams)
101 Opus secretum atque necromanticum (1980-81; 48 pp.) 1 2007 (Smetryns and Huisman)
102 Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) 1 2013 (Roberge; second impression, 2013)
103 Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) 5a 1989 (Burton-Page) 2021 (Roberge; second edition, 2021)
2005 (Roberge; second impression, 2009)
105 Passeggiata arlecchinesca sopra un frammento di Busoni (“Rondò arlecchinesco”) (1981-82; 16 pp.) 1 1993 (Amato) 2999
104 Due sutras sul nome dell’amico Alexis (1981, 1984; 2 pp.) 1 1992 (Rice) 2013 (Jarvis)
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