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Sound Files for the Musical Examples
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 Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.), which was created when revising the section devoted to this work for version 1.18 of Opus sorabjianum following its discovery in September 2019.
Version 1.03 (31 July 2020) has new sound files for eleven musical examples for which 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.
Musical examples: © Sorabji Archive 2020 (music), Marc-André Roberge 2020 (edition)
Sound files: © Marc-André Roberge 2020
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).
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 that have sufficient volume, very low dynamics have sometimes been increased. For better results, increase the volume slightly.
Pauses between sections and after the final note: Sections denoted by a double bar-line are preceded by four beats of silence, and each sound file ends likewise.
Limitations: As usual with sound files, especially those that are not produced by high-end equipment in the hands of seasoned professionals, those offered here should be considered only as a quick and easy means of having an idea of what a few bars of music sound. There is hardly any attempt at trying to produce anything approaching a real performance. What matters here is that these (usually) 15- to 30-second files, meant solely for illustrative purposes in order to better understand the musical examples and not for repeated armchair listening, should offer perfect accuracy with regard to pitches and rhythms. I apologize in advance to those who have taken the time to master the art of creating high-quality sound files or, more importantly, object in principle to the creation and dissemination of such files.
Copyright: The music is the property of the Sorabji Archive (Alistair Hinton). The sound files, like 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):
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