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Sound Files for the Musical Examples of Opus sorabjianum

This page provides explanations about the making of the sound files for Marc-André Roberge’s book Opus sorabjianum: The Life and Works of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. It also gives the download link for a ZIP file containing 102 MP3 files, that is, the 101 musical examples at the end of the book plus the short excerpt from “Gulistān”—​Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) found as sign-off at the end of chapter 23.

Version 1.02 (21 October 2019) adds the sound file for the Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.), which was created when revising the section devoted to this work for version 1.18 of Opus sorabjianum after its discovery in September 2019.

Version 1.03 (31 July 2020) contains new sound files for eleven musical examples that have undergone minor changes in version 2.00 of Opus sorabjianum have been made: 4.1, 4.4, 6.2, 9.1, 14.2, 15.2, 15.3, 16.6, 21.4, 22.5, and 23.

Version 1.04 (4 January 2022) contains a new sound file for example 8.7 that takes into account the second edition of the Cinque sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti (1923; 40 pp.).

Copyright notice

Musical examples: © Sorabji Archive 2022 (music), Marc-André Roberge 2022 (edition)
Sound files: © Marc-André Roberge 2022

All rights reserved

The author’s Sorabji Resource Site is the only authorized download location for these sound files, which may not be uploaded or made available on any file-hosting or file-sharing website.

Playing time: 50:38 minutes (average time for each file: 30 seconds).

Software specifications

Sounds and peculiarities

Tempo and dynamics: Invisible metronome marks representing the editor’s best guesses have been inserted to produce something that appears playable and meaningful; the tempos used may or may not be based on those chosen by the artists who have released commercial recordings. To produce sound files with sufficient volume, sometimes very low dynamics have been increased. For better results, increase the volume slightly.

Pauses between sections and after the final note: Sections marked by a double barline are preceded by four beats of silence, and each sound file ends in the same way.

Limitations: As is always the case with sound files, especially those that are not produced by high-end equipment in the hands of experienced professionals, the files provided here should only be regarded as a quick and easy means of getting an idea of what a few bars of music sound like. There is hardly any attempt at trying to produce anything close to a real performance. What is important here is that these (usually) 15- to 30-second files, which are intended solely for illustrative purposes in order to better understand the musical examples, and not for repeated armchair listening, should be perfectly accurate in terms of pitch and rhythm. I apologize in advance to those who have taken the time to master the art of creating high-quality sound files or, more importantly, to those who object in principle to the creation and distribution of such files.

Copyright: The music still in copyright is owned by the Sorabji Archive (Alistair Hinton). The sound files, as well as the editorial content of the musical examples on which they are based, are the property of Marc-André Roberge.

Suggested procedure for listening (using Windows Media Player 11)

Download link: The zipped file containing the sound files for Opus sorabjianum: The Life and Works of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji can be downloaded by clicking on the following link (ZIP: 42.6 MB):

Last modified: 2024-01-01
© Marc-André Roberge 2024
Sorabji Resource Site (SRS)
Faculté de musique, Université Laval, Québec

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