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Version History of Opus sorabjianum and Changes

This page chronicles the version history of Opus sorabjianum: The Life and Works of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. Only changes of some importance are listed, as there are always minor details such as typos.

2020

2020-07-31: Release of version 2.00. The decision to move from 1.18 directly to 2.00 results from the extent of the revisions and modifications to both contents and typography (though many are not necessarily visible). This revision owes a considerable debt to the generous contribution of Jakub Eisenbruk (known as “Toccata” on the Sorabji Forum), who sent me a detailed list of typos, factual issues, questions, and suggestions. We have been in frequent contact during the last two months and discussed several points at issue, and this has led to many improvements and clarifications in the book as well as corrections of several minor points on the Sorabji Resource Site, including the creation of three new pages. Since the previous release (version 1.18, 21 October 2019), the book has grown by 4,016 words and 40 footnotes, while the number of pages is now 597 rather than 589. The most substantial changes are listed below.

2019

2019-10-21: Release of version 1.18. Since the previous release (version 1.17, 7 December 2018), the book has grown by 2,667 words and 21 footnotes, while the number of pages is now 589 rather than 583. It is thus one of the most substantial updates in the book’s history as a result of the discovery of a previously unknown piano part for Symphony [no. 1] for Piano, Large Orchestra, Chorus, and Organ (1921-22; 300 pp.) and of Toccata terza (1955; 91 p.), long thought to have been lost. As usual, the update contains many minor modifications and improvements in most chapters. More substantial changes are:

2018

2018-12-07: Release of version 1.17. Since the previous release (version 1.16, 22 December 2017), the book has grown by 797 words and 5 footnotes, while the number of pages has remained the same at 583. It is thus one of the smallest update in the book’s history in terms of numbers. There are nevertheless important improvements, clarifications, and modifications in some twenty-five places in addition to the inclusion of new titles in the bibliography. Highlights are:

2017

2017-12-22: Release of version 1.16. Since the previous release (version 1.15, 31 May 2017), the book has grown by 2,087 words and 16 footnotes, and the number of pages from 577 to 583. This represents an increase of more than 24,000 words since the original publication on 14 August 2013. This is a very important update, which results from a reading of the entire book. The revision has led to some 300 substantial modifications for clarifications or addition of new findings. It includes several minor rewordings and corrections of typographical or bibliographical mistakes, and adds many years of birth and death and years of composition as well as several “see chapter x” references. More substantial additions will be found in the following chapters:

2017-05-31: Release of version 1.15. Since the previous release (version 1.14, 4 August 2016), the book has grown by 565 words and 3 footnotes, which is much less than any previous update. There are some twenty relatively minor changes such as typos, minute precisions, addition of a missing death year, etc. As usual, the equivalent values in modern currency of the British pound have been updated with the latest available data (2016). More substantial additions will be found in the following chapters:

2016

2016-08-04: Release of version 1.14. Since the previous release (version 1.13, 23 June 2015), the book has grown by 3,293 words and 19 footnotes. The present version contains several changes to, or additions of: birth and death years, bibliographical citations, as well as details of new performances, recordings, and editions. Furthermore, the equivalent values in modern currency of the British pound have been updated with the latest available data (2015). More substantial additions will be found in the following chapters:

2015

2015-06-23: Release of version 1.13. Since the previous release (version 1.12, 12 January 2015), the book has grown by 3,135 words and (again) 18 footnotes. The present version contains some 50 changes and additions, among which the following are the most significant:

2015-01-12: Release of version 1.12. Since the previous release (version 1.11, 14 August 2014), the book has grown by 2,762 words and 18 footnotes. The present version contains some 40 changes and additions, among which the following are the most significant:

2014

2014-08-14: Release of version 1.11 on the occasion of Sorabji’s 122nd anniversary. Since its initial release on 14 August 2013, the book has grown by 7,563 words and 55 footnotes. The present version contains approximately 30 changes and additions, among which the following are the most significant:

2014-06-04: Release of version 1.10, which is a maintenance update to offer the correct music for example 9.10. The need to fix this problem made it possible to update the current values of all amounts in British pounds to reflect the latest data available (2013) and to quote (in chapter 10) from a newly discovered review of the score of Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) in The Modern Scot.

2014-06-02: Release of version 1.09, which is a substantial update, with an increase of 867 words. Among the most significant changes and additions are:

2014-03-31: Release of version 1.08, which fixes various problems in the Catalogue of Works as well as various minor problems elsewhere. It is thus a maintenance release that reflects what version 1.07 should have been.

2014-03-26: Release of version 1.07, which represents the most substantial update since the first publication on 14 August 2013. There are more than eighty changes, some of them quite important, resulting in an increase of 3,729 words and 27 footnotes. Among the most significant changes and additions are:

2013

2013-12-18: Release of version 1.06, updating the Catalogue of Works with data about the first performances of no. 38 of Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) and Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) as well as about the new edition of Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.). New data has been added about the London Organ School (chapter 2) and W. E. Ottaway (chapter 17), and the section about Emily Edroff-Smith (chapter 8) has been extensively revised on the basis of the documentation assembled by the Sophie Drinker Institut.

2013-10-15: Release of version 1.05, incorporating a few minor changes.

2013-10-04: Release of version 1.01 of the sound files.

2013-10-03: Release of version 1.04, incorporating corrections offered by Kenneth Derus and Douglas Taylor. The latter brought to my attention a hitherto unknown contribution about “Hindoo Music” by Sorabji to Ralph Dunstan’s Cyclopædic Dictionary of Music (see chapter 11). The file now loads with the bookmarks panel displayed on the left side, with top-level bookmarks expanded. Two new pages have been added to the “Opus sorabjianum” menu entry of the Sorabji Resource Site:

2013-09-10: Release of version 1.03, incorporating corrections kindly suggested by Marc-André Hamelin, Poom Pipatjarasgit, and Douglas Taylor.

2013-08-29: Release of version 1.02, which benefits from corrections kindly suggested by Kenneth Derus, Donald Manildi, and André Papillon.

2013-08-14: Release of version 1.01 to delete a stray marker at the beginning of line 2 of p. 185.

2013-08-14: Publication of version 1.00 of Opus sorabjianum: The Life and Works of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji on the occasion of Sorabji’s 121st anniversary and announcement on the Sorabji Forum.

Last modified: 2021-02-28
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