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Section Titles Used in Multi-Movement Works

This page lists all the section titles that Sorabji used in his multi-movement works, most of which are large-scale compositions. The information is laid out as follows in six columns.

  • Section Title: Lists all the variants used by the composer unless the difference lies only in the use of a hyphen. Fuga includes all the fugues labelled duplex, triplex, etc. The part or movement identified by a section title is not specified, but the variation or etude number is.
  • Works (Titles): Lists, in chronological order, all the titles of the works bearing a given section title. The number of the movement bearing the title shown in the first column is given in Roman numerals (in square brackets when no labelling is present). Numbers are omitted when the positions can be derived from the titles.
  • Works (N): Shows how many works are listed in the second column.
  • First Use: Shows the year in which Sorabji completed the first work listed. This makes it possible to see at a glance the order in which he introduced terms into his lists of contents.
  • Language: Gives the language (English, French, Italian, Latin). Habanera is considered to be fully absorbed into English to avoid creating a Spanish category for a single item.
  • Category: Suggests a category under which a given item can be grouped. Some section titles could be listed under more than one category, which means that the labels proposed should not be considered definitive. Seven categories are used:
    • Contrapuntal writing
    • Dance form
    • Programme music
    • Song form
    • Standard form
    • Variation form
    • Virtuosity

Though they may seem less pertinent, the section titles found in Sorabji’s transcriptions of works by other composers are included. On the other hand, section titles that are equivalent to a tempo indication are not.

With regard to Sorabji’s incorrect use of “punta d’organo”, which should in fact read “pedale costante”, see the detailed note in the Introduction to Opus sorabjianum.

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Section Title Works (Titles) Works (N) First Use Language Category
Section Title Works (Titles) Works (N) First Use Language Category
Adagio Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.) 1 1955 I Standard form
Adagio-Epilogo Opus clavisymphonicum—​Concerto for Piano and Large Orchestra for Piano and Large Orchestra (1957-59; 333 pp.), II/3 1 1959 I Standard form
Adagio-Finale Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), V 1 1954 I Standard form
Animato quasi scherzo Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), II/3 1 1976 I Standard form
Arabesque-Nocturne Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) , V 1 1976 F Programme music
Aria Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), IV
Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 66
Tāntrik Symphony for Piano Alone (1938-39; 284 pp.), V
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 71
Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.), no. 13
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), III/3
6 1934 I Song form
Aria fiorita Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), II
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.), II/3
2 1954 I Song form
Barcarola Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.), [I] 1 1956 I Song form
Cadenza Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.), [III]
Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) , III/2
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), VII and X
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), I/4
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.), IX
Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 79
Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.), III/2
7 1928 I Virtuosity
Cadenza de’ pedali Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), III/2 1 1924 I Virtuosity
Cadenza fantasiata Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), III/3 1 1953 I Virtuosity
Cadenza fiorita Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.) 1 1955 I Virtuosity
Cadenza fugata Opus clavisymphonicum—​Concerto for Piano and Large Orchestra for Piano and Large Orchestra (1957-59; 333 pp.), II/2 1 1959 I Virtuosity
Cadenza-fugata Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), III/3 1 1931 I Virtuosity
Cadenza–Punta d’organo Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), VIII 1 1934 I Virtuosity
Cadenza-Toccata Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), III/4
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), VI
2 1924 I Virtuosity
Cadenzetta Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.), [IV] 1 1956 I Virtuosity
Canonica Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 72 1 1944 I Contrapuntal writing
Cantico Symphony [no. 2], “Jāmī”, for Large Orchestra, Wordless Chorus, and Baritone Solo (1942-51; 826 pp.), IV 1 1951 I Standard form
Capriccio Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.) 1 1955 I Standard form
Coda Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), II/3
Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), III/3
2 1924 I Standard form
Coda-Epilogo Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), III/4
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), IV/4
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.), II/8
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), VII
4 1931 I Standard form
Coda-Finale Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), I/3
Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.), V
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 100
3 1933 I Standard form
Coda-Ripieno Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), I/3 1 1953 I Standard form
Coda-Ripresa Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.), V 1 1956 I Standard form
Coda-Stretta Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.), [VI]
Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) , II/5
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), XII
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), I/5
Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.)
5 1928 I Contrapuntal writing
Coda-Stretto Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), III/5 1 1924 F Contrapuntal writing
Corale-Fantasia Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), II/2 1 1953 I Contrapuntal writing
Corrente Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.) 1 1955 I Dance form
Epilogo Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.) 1 1955 I Standard form
Epilogue Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 81 1 1937 E Standard form
Fanfare Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), IV/1 1 1954 F Programme music
Fantasia Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) , III/1
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), IV
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), I/3
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), I/2
Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), I/2
Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.)
6 1929 I Virtuosity
Fantasia cromatica 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.) 1 1940 I Virtuosity
Fantasiettina Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.) 1 1961 I Virtuosity
Finale Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.), III
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), IV
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.), III
Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.), III
4 1932 I Standard form
Fuga Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.), [IV]
Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) , III/4
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), III, V, VIII, and XI
Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.), III/4
Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 80
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.)
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 100
Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.), no. 27
Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), III/4
Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), IV/5
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), VII
11 1928 I Contrapuntal writing
Fuga eretica “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: Variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.) 1 1979 I Contrapuntal writing
Fuga libera Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), IX
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.), X
Tāntrik Symphony for Piano Alone (1938-39; 284 pp.), VII
3 1934 I Contrapuntal writing
Fugue Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.) 1 1922 E Contrapuntal writing
Fughettina Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.), [III] 1 1929 I Contrapuntal writing
Habanera Pastiche on the Habanera from “Carmen” by Bizet (1922; 6 pp.) 1 1922 E Dance form
Imitationes Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 76 1 1944 L Contrapuntal writing
Interlude Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.) 1 1922 E Programme music
Interludio Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), III/2
Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.)
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.), II/2
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.), II/4
4 1954 I Standard form
Interludio fugato Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), I/3 1 1976 I Contrapuntal writing
Interludio placido Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), II/2 1 1976 I Programme music
Interludio — Moto perpetuo Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), VII 1 1934 I Programme music, virtuosity
Interludium Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), VI and IX 1 1930 L Programme music
Intermezzo Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), IV/3
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) , III and V
2 1933 I Programme music
Intrecciata Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), I/2 1 1976 I Contrapuntal writing
Intrecciata politematica Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), I 1 1954 I Contrapuntal writing
Introduction Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), II/1
Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.), I
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), IV/1
3 1930 E Standard form
Introduzione quasi preludio Introduction, Passacaglia, Cadenza, and Fugue (1929; compl. Alexander Abercrombie, 2004; 79 pp.) 1 1929 I Standard form
Introito Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), I
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), I/2
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), I/1
Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), I/1
Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.), I
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), I/1
6 1930 I Standard form
Introitus Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1935-37, 1953-56; 540 pp.) 1 1956 L Standard form
Ispanica Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.), no. 15 1 1949 I Dance form
Marcia funebre Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.), no. 16 1 1949 I Programme music
Moto perpetuo Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), III/1
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), III/1
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), II/4
3 1954 I Virtuosity
Mouvement de habanera Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) 1 1919 F Dance form
Mouvement perpétuel et semblable Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 77 1 1944 F Virtuosity
Nexus Variazioni e fuga triplice sopra “Dies irae” per pianoforte (1923-26; 201 pp.), var. 49
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), II
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), I/2
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.), II/6
4 1926 L Standard form
Notturnino Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.), [III] 1 1956 I Programme music
Notturno Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), VI
Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 66
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.), II/5
3 1934 I Programme music
Notturno-Fantasia Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), II/3 1 1931 I Programme music
Ostinatissima come mai Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.), no. 9 1 1954 I Contrapuntal writing
Ostinato Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), V
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 74
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.), II/3
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), II/5
4 1934 I Variation form
Ostinato doppio Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.), II 1 1956 I Variation form
Passacaglia Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), I/2
Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.), II
Introduction, Passacaglia, Cadenza, and Fugue (1929; compl. Alexander Abercrombie, 2004; 79 pp.)
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), IX/3
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), II/2
Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 54
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 75
Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.), no. 22
Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), II/2
Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.)
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), IV
11 1924 E Variation form
Passacagliettina “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: Variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.), var. 18 1 1979 I Variation form
Piccola passacaglia maliziosa Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.), [II] 1 1929 I Variation form
Piccolo preludio corale tascabile Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.), no. 4 1 1954 I Standard form
Postlude Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), I/3 1 1924 E Standard form
Prelude Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.)
Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), I/1
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), III/1
4 1922 E Standard form
Prélude et introduction Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) 1 1919 F Standard form
Preludietto Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.), [I] 1 1929 I Standard form
Preludio Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) , III/1
Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.), III/1
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.), II/1
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.), VII
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), II/1
5 1929 I Standard form
Preludio adagio Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), VII/1 1 1967 I Standard form
Preludio quasi toccata Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.), II/2 1 1973 I Virtuosity
Preludio-Corale Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.), [I]
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), II
Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), II
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.), VIII
Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 22
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.), II
6 1928 I Contrapuntal writing
Preludio-Introduzione Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.), I 1 1919 I Standard form
Preludio-Toccata Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.). I 1 1934 I Virtuosity
Prologo Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), I/1 1 1931 I Standard form
Punta d’organo Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), II/2
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.), III
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 69
Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.), no. 14
Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.), III
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), III/2
6 1931 I Contrapuntal writing
Punta d’organo costanziata Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), IV/4 1 1954 I Contrapuntal writing
Riflesso del Preludio-Toccata Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp., VII 1 1934 I Standard form, virtuosity
Quasi cadenza Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), var. 54 1 1937 I Virtuosity
Quasi corale Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), II 1 1967 I Contrapuntal writing
Quasi fantasia Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), nos. 38, 99 1 1944 I Virtuosity
Quasi fuga Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.), II/7
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), VI
2 1973 I Contrapuntal writing
Quasi fugato Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.) 1 1955 I Contrapuntal writing
Quasi fugue Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.), II/2 1 1924 I Contrapuntal writing
Quasi habanera Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.), IV 1 1933 I Dance form
Quasi notturno “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: Variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.), var. 8 1 1979 I Programme music
Quasi preludio corale Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 73 1 1944 I Standard form
Quasi valse Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.), no. 24 1 1956 F Dance form
Ripieno Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), II/3 1 1953 I Standard form
Ripresa Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.), [V] 1 1956 I Virtuosity
Ritournelle–point d’orgue Symphony no. 0 (1930-31; 333 pp.), II/4 1 1931 F Standard form
Rota Variazioni e fuga triplice sopra “Dies irae” per pianoforte (1923-26; 201 pp.), var. 53 1 1926 L Contrapuntal writing
Scherzo Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.), III 1 1934 I Standard form
Scherzo diabolico Concerto da suonare da me solo e senza orchestra, per divertirmi (1946; 70 pp.), III 1 1946 I Standard form
Song Pastiche on the Hindu Merchant’s Song from “Sadko” by Rimsky-Korsakov (1922; 4 pp.) 1 1922 E Song form
Tango habanera Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.), no. 84 1 1944 I Dance form
Tarantella Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.), [II]
Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.), IV
2 1956 I Dance form
Tema cum […] variationibus Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), VI
Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.), II
2 1930 L Variation form
Tempo di Valzer Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.), no. 8 1 1949 I Dance form
Theme [with variations] Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.), I 1 1967 E Variation form
Toccata Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.)
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), IX/1
Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.), III/3
Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.), III/1
Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.), IV/3
Opus clavisymphonicum—​Concerto for Piano and Large Orchestra for Piano and Large Orchestra (1957-59; 333 pp.), II/1
6 1920 I Virtuosity
Toccata–Quasi cadenza — ovvero moto perpetuo Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.), III/2 1 1976 I Virtuosity
Toccata variata Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.), III/2 1 1931 I Variation form
Toccatissima Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.), no. 15 1 1954 I Virtuosity
Valse [de Chopin] Pastiche on the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin (1922; 7 pp.) 1 1922 F Dance form
Valse impertinente “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: Variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.), var. 10 1 1979 F Dance form
Variazione Variazione maliziosa e perversa sopra “La morte d’Åse” da Grieg (1974; 2 pp.) 1 1974 I Variation form
Variazioni Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.), IV/4
Opusculum clavisymphonicum vel claviorchestrale (1973-75; 334 pp.), II
1 1964 I Variation form
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