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Overview of Marc-André Roberge’s Editions and Compilations

This page provides an overview of the twenty-eight editions of works by Sorabji and of the two bibliographical compilations about his writings prepared between 1992 and 1994 and since 2004 by Marc-André Roberge and published on demand by the Sorabji Archive. Following the Archive’s switch from photocopies made from paper master copies to photocopies made directly from PDF files, an entirely new set of files has been produced from which copies for sale are now prepared. This move has offered Roberge the opportunity to revise his files, which are now all identified with “Second impression, March 2009” on the copyright page (with the exception of the annotated indexes, which are actually a third impression).

The music for the older files, which had been set by the copyist André Garneau using the NoteWriter software by Keith Hamel (a purely graphic application for the Macintosh computer), had to be scanned from the paper originals, whereas the text part (introduction, critical report, back matter) was saved directly into PDF format; therefore, no corrections could be made.

Short lists of corrections to 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.) and Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.) have been added at the end of the respective introductions. The owners of the new impressions should enter these corrections by hand into their copies.

The more recent files, which Roberge produced himself using the Sibelius software, could be saved directly as PDF files. Only the edition of Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) was the object of substantial revision in matters of beaming, with the new modifications listed in the critical report. Very few mistakes were corrected in the score of Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.).

All the text sections were revised to eliminate typographical mistakes and other minor problems. Since the printer drivers used to produce the older editions are no longer available, the files had to be reformatted, leading to different line and page breaks, which, in addition to the use of a larger top margin throughout, explains why the number of pages is no longer the same in several cases. Furthermore, page numbering is now uniform, with “i” always corresponding to the title page rather than to the first page of the introduction.

Several missing birth and/or death years for people mentioned in the annotated indexes to Sorabji’s two books of essays have been added, and various mistakes fixed in the annotated bibliography (including some in the references themselves). Both compilations are now natively formatted for A4 rather than for letter-size paper.

The numbers of pages in the “Pages” columns are placed between brackets when the page numbers do not appear on the pages (drop folios). The precsision “1st” and “2nd” refer to the first and second impressions of the editions. There are two casses of third impressions mentioned directly in the table.

In addition to his Sorabji editions, Roberge has provided the Sibelius file from which Frazer Jarvis finalized an edition (credited to both) of Alistair Hinton’s Morceau d’anniversaire pour Kaikhosru Sorabji, op. 11 (1974, publ. 2020).

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Title Date (1st) Pages (2nd) Date (1st) Pages (2nd)
Title Date (1st) Pages (2nd) Date (1st) Pages (2nd)
Chrysilla (1915; 4 pp.) 2007-04 iv, [16]
Music: 1-7
Report: 9-13
Total: 20
2009-03 iv, [16]
Music: 1-7
Report: 9-13
Total: 20
L’heure exquise (1916; 2 pp.) 2006-06 iv, [12]
Music: 1-4
Report: 5-9
Total: 16
2009-03 [vi], [18]
Music: 1-4
Report: 5-9
Total: 18
Vocalise pour soprano fioriturata (1916; 3 pp.) 2006-06 iv, [12]
Music: 1-5
Report: 7-10
Total: 16
2009-03 iv, [12]
Music: 1-5
Report: 7-10
Total: 16
Hymne à Aphrodite (1916; 5 pp.) 2006-06 v, [22]
Music: 1-11
Report: 13-19
Total: 28
2009-03 [vi], [22]
Music: 1-11
Report: 13-19
Total: 28
L’étang (1917; 2 pp.) 2006-06 iv, [12]
Music: 1-5
Report: 7-10
Total: 16
2009-03 iv, [16]
Music: 1-5
Report: 7-11
Total: 18
I Was Not Sorrowful—​Poem for Voice and Piano [Spleen] (between 1917 and 1919; 3 pp.) 2006-06 iv, [10]
Music: 1-4
Report: 5-8
Total: 14
2009-03 iv, [14]
Music: 1-4
Report: 5-8
Total: 14
Le mauvais jardinier (1919; 1 p.) 2006-06 iv, [8]
Music: 1-2
Report: 3-5
Total: 12
2009-03 iv, [8]
Music: 1-2
Report: 3-6
Total: 12
Quasi habanera (1917; 6 pp.) 1992-04 iv, [21]
Music: 1-9
Report: 11-19
Total: 27
2009-03 vi, [19]
Music: 1-9
Report: 11-17
Total: 25
Music to “The Rider by Night” (1919; 54 pp.) 2008-01 viii, [68]
Music: 1-38
Report: 39-49, 50-51, 52-65
Total: 76
2009-03 viii, [70]
Music: 1-38
Report: 39-50, 51-52, 53-67
Total: 78
Arabesque (1920; 2 pp.) 2006-06 iv, [8]
Music: 1-2
Report: 3-6
Total: 12
2009-03 v, [8]
Music: 1-2
Report: 3-6
Total: 14
Pastiche on the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin (1922; 7 pp.) 2005-06 viii, [38]
Music: 1-17
Report: 19-36
Total: 46
2009-03 viii, [38]
Music: 1-17
Report: 19-36
Total: 46
Pastiche on the Habanera from “Carmen” by Bizet (1922; 6 pp.) 1992-05 viii, [25]
Music: 1-11
Report: 13-23
Total: 35
2009-03 ix, [23]
Music: 1-11
Report: 13-22
Total: 33
Pastiche on the Hindu Merchant’s Song from “Sadko” by Rimsky-Korsakov (1922; 4 pp.) 1992-05 xi, [17]
Music: 1-5
Report: 7-16
Total: 31
2009-03 xii, [17]
Music: 1-5
Report: 7-15
Total: 29
Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) {new edition, in one volume, of the editions published in 1992 and 2005} 2014-05 xviii, [64]
Music: 1-32
Report: 33-62
Total: 82
Cinque sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti (1923; 40 pp.) 2005-04 x, [92]
Music: 1-66
Report: 67-90
Total: 102
2009-03 x, [93]
Music: 1-66
Report: 67-91
Total: 104
Fragment Written for Harold Rutland (1926, 1928, 1937; 2 pp.) 1993-09 xiv, [24]
Music: 1-14
Report: 15-22
Total: 36
2009-03 xii, [24]
Music: 1-14
Report: 15-22
Total: 36
L’irrémédiable (1927; 8 pp.) 1993-09 vi, [20]
Music: 1-11
Report: 13-18
Total: 28
2009-03 viii, [21]
Music: 1-11
Report: 13-19
Total: 30
Pasticcio capriccioso sopra l’op. 64, no 1 del Chopin (1933; 8 pp.) 1994-04 ix, [30]
Music: 1-17
Report: 19-28
Total: 42
2009-03 xi, [30]
Music: 1-17
Report: 19-28
Total: 42
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.) 1993-04 ix, [44]
Music: 1-29
Report: 31-41
Total: 56
2009-03 (includes errata) xiii, [44]
Music: 1-29
Report: 31-42
Total: 58
Trois poèmes (1941; 13 pp.) 2007-04 viii, [38]
Music: 1-22
Report: 23-36
Total: 46
2009-03 viii, [38]
Music: 1-22
Report: 23-36
Total: 46
Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.) 1992-10 iv, [15]
Music: 1-6
Report: 7-13
Total: 21
2009-03 (includes errata) vi, [13]
Music: 1-6
Report: 7-12
Total: 19
Suggested Bell-Chorale for St. Luke’s Carillon (1961; 1 p.) 2005-03 [iv], [8]
Music: [1]-[4]
Report: 5-6
Total: 14
2009-03 v, [8]
Music: [1]-[4]
Report: 5-6
Total: 14
Frammento cantato (1967; 1 p.) 2007-05 [vi], [8]
Music: 2-3
Report: 5-6
Total: 14
2009-03 (third impression in April 2013) [vi], [8]
Music: 2-3
Report: 5-6
Total: 14
Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.) 2004-04 iii, [128]
Music: 1-108
Report: 109-28
Total: 134
2009-03 vi, [130]
Music: 1-108
Report: 109-27
Total: 136
Benedizione di San Francesco d’Assisi (1973; 2 pp.) 2013-04 v, 9
Music: 1-4
Report: 5-9
Total: 17
Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) 2004-11 v, [52]
Music: 1-38
Report: 39-50
Total: 60
2009-03 viii, [54]
Music: 1-38
Report: 39-51
Total: 62
Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) 2013-04 iv, 12
Music: 1-7
Report: 9-12
Total: 18
2013-11 iv, 12
Music: 1-7
Report: 9-12
Total: 18
Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) 2005-03 ii, [10]
Music: 1-5
Report: 6-8
Total: 14
2009-03 v, [12]
Music: 1-5
Report: 7-10
Total: 18
Annotated Indexes to “Around Music” (1932) and “Mi contra fa: The Immoralisings of a Machiavellian Musician (1947) by Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji” 1992-01 xviii, 47
Total: 63
2009-03 (third impression in this specific case) xvii, 40
Total: 56
An Annotated Bibliography of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Collected Published Writings 1993-03 xiv, [143]
Total: 157
2009-03 xiv, [143]
Total: 157
Last modified: 2021-05-21
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