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 into account post-1992 research and discoveries.

KSS: Numbers assigned by the Sorabji Archive in its List of Compositions of Sorabji’s works. The differences in the sequence of numbers results from that list having been created in the very early stages of research when the Archive was founded. No numbers were assigned to works then known only by references in the correspondence or other archival documents. It nevertheless did take 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 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.

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

Publication: Year of publication of the latest edition, with data about previous editions given under Comments. A dash () is used for works whose eventual publication is highly unlikely, if not totally impossible. Entries are blank when no (new) edition is known to be in progress.

Comments: Basic information about previous editions, and indication of “edition project reserved” when known (see below).

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.

In the list below, editions known to be in progress have a publication date of 2999 for sorting purposes. See also page Current or Recent Research.

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KSS Title Category Publication Comments
KSS Title Category Publication Comments
Transcription of “In a Summer Garden” (1914; 0 p.) 7  
1 The Poplars (1915; 3 pp.) 6a 2999 Completed in 2007 but temporarily withheld
2 Chrysilla (1915; 4 pp.) 6a 2007
3 Roses du soir (1915; 4 pp.) 6a 2002
4 L’heure exquise (1916; 2 pp.) 6a 2006 First edition, 1996.
5 Vocalise pour soprano fioriturata (1916; 3 pp.) 6a 2006
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
8 Hymne à Aphrodite (1916; 5 pp.) 6a 2006
9 Sonata no. 0 for Piano (1917; 30 pp.) 1 2015
15 Chaleur—​Poème (1916-17; 32 pp.) 4a 2013
12 Quasi habanera (1917; 6 pp.) 1 1992
10 L’étang (1917; 2 pp.) 6a 2006
13 Désir éperdu (Fragment) (1917; 1 p.) 1 2005
14 Concerto II pour piano et grand orchestre (1916-17; 49 pp.) 3 2999 Edition in progress
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
11a Le mauvais jardinier (1919; 1 p.) 6a 2006
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 2999 Edition in progress (first edition, 1921)
21 Trois poèmes pour chant et piano (1918, 1919; 9 pp.) 6a 2999 Edition in progress (first edition, 1921).
22 Music to “The Rider by Night” (1919; 54 pp.) 5b 2008
24 Arabesque (1920; 2 pp.) 6a 2006
17, 23 Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) {different numbers were assigned to the two pieces (“In the Hothouse”, “Toccata”)} 1 2019 First edition, 1921.
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 2999 Edition in progress (first edition, 1923)
28 Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.) 1 1923 New edition in progress
29 Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.) 1 1924
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 2014
Edition by Donald Garvelmann (Chopin), 1969.

First separate editions, 1992 (Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov), 2005 (Chopin).
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 Edition in progress
34 Opusculum for Orchestra (1923; 36 pp.) 4a 2014
35 Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.) 1 2014 Original edition, 1927.
33 Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel—​Transcription de concert pour piano (first version, 1923; 16 pp.) 8 2005
36 Cinque sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti (1923; 40 pp.) 5b 2005
38 Concerto per pianoforte e piccola orchestra, “Simorg-Anka” [no. 7] (1924; 100 pp.) 3 2020  
39 Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.) 2 2013 Original edition, 1925; corrected edition, 1988.
40 Valse-fantaisie for Piano (1925; 16 pp.) 1 2999 Edition in progress (first edition, 1927)
41 Variazioni e fuga triplice sopra “Dies irae” per pianoforte (1923-26; 201 pp.) 1 2999 Edition in progress
41a Fragment: Prelude and Fugue on FxAxx DAxEx (1926; 3 pp.) 1 2013
42 Trois poèmes du “Gulistān” de Saʿdī (1926, rev. 1930; 16 pp.) 6a 1991
44 L’irrémédiable (1927; 8 pp.) 6a 1993
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
47 Nocturne, “Jāmī” (1928; 28 pp.) 1 2004
48 Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) 1 2004
49 Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.) 1 2013 First edition, 1992.
48a Introduction, Passacaglia, Cadenza, and Fugue (1929; compl. Alexander Abercrombie, 2004; 79 pp.) 1 2005
Music for “Faust” (ca. 1930; 0 p.) 9
50 Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) 1 2999 Edition in progress (first edition, 1931)
51 Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.) 1 2019
52 Movement for Voice and Piano (1927, 1931; 9 pp.) 6a 2001
53 Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.) 2 2014 First edition, 1991.
54 Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.) 5a 2007
55 Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.) 1 2002
56 Pasticcio capriccioso sopra l’op. 64, no 1 del Chopin (1933; 8 pp.) 8 1994
57 Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) 1 2004
58 Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.) 1 2009
43 Fragment Written for Harold Rutland (1926, 1928, 1937; 2 pp.) 1 1993
59 Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.) 1 2999 Edition in progress
60 Tāntrik Symphony for Piano Alone (1938-39; 284 pp.) 1 2015
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
62 “Quaere reliqua hujus materiei inter secretiora” (1940; 16 pp.) 1 2014 First edition, 1993.
63 “Gulistān”—​Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) 1 2012
64 St. Bertrand de Comminges: “He was laughing in the tower” (1941; 16 pp.) 1 2014 First edition, 1992.
65 Trois poèmes (1941; 13 pp.) 6a 2007 First edition, 1988.
66 Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) 1 2007
67 Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel—​Transcription de concert pour piano (second version, 1945; 26 pp.) 8 2005
68 Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.) 8 1992
69 Concerto da suonare da me solo e senza orchestra, per divertirmi (1946; 70 pp.) 1 2004
70 Schlussszene aus “Salome” von Richard Strauss—​Konzertmäßige Übertragung für Klavier zu zwei Händen (1947; 25 pp.) 8 2007
71 Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.) 1 2008
72 Symphony [no. 2], “Jāmī”, for Large Orchestra, Wordless Chorus, and Baritone Solo (1942-51; 826 pp.) 4b 2999 Edition in progress
Le agonie (1951; 0 p.) 1
73 Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.) 2 2014
74 Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.) 1 2002
75 Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.) 1 2999 Edition in progress
76 Toccata terza (1955; 91 pp.) 1 2021  
77 Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.) 1 2002
78 Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1935-37, 1953-56; 540 pp.) 3 2014
79 Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.) 1 2002
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
82 Suggested Bell-Chorale for St. Luke’s Carillon (1961; 1 p.) 7 2004
83 Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.) 1 1981
84 Messa grande sinfonica (1955-61; 1,001 pp.) 4b 2017
85 Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.) 1 2014
86 Frammenti aforistici (20) (1964; 9 pp.) 1 2012
90 Frammenti aforistici (Sutras) (104) (1962-64; 37 pp.) 1 2007
87 Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) 1 2999 Edition in progress
88 Frammento cantato (1967; 1 p.) 6a 2007
89 Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.) 5a 2004
91 Benedizione di San Francesco d’Assisi (1973; 2 pp.) 6b 2013
92 Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.) 1 2010
93 Variazione maliziosa e perversa sopra “La morte d’Åse” da Grieg (1974; 2 pp.) 1 2005
94 Opusculum clavisymphonicum vel claviorchestrale (1973-75; 334 pp.) 3 2999 Edition in progress
95 Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) 1 2012
96 Frammenti aforistici (4) (1977; 1 p.) 1 2013
97 Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (1977-78; 113 pp.) 1 2016
98 “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: Variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.) 1 2004
99 Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) 5a 2004
100 Villa Tasca: Mezzogiorno siciliano—​Evocazione nostalgica e memoria tanta cara e preziosa del giardino meraviglioso, splendido, tropicale (1979-80; 47 pp.) 1 2008
101 Opus secretum atque necromanticum (1980-81; 48 pp.) 1 2007
102 Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) 1 2013
103 Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) 5a 2005
105 Passeggiata arlecchinesca sopra un frammento di Busoni (“Rondò arlecchinesco”) (1981-82; 16 pp.) 1 2999 Edition in progress (first edition, 1993)
104 Due sutras sul nome dell’amico Alexis (1981, 1984; 2 pp.) 1 2013 First edition, 1992.
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