Performed Works and Timings

This page lists in chronological order the works by Sorabji that have been performed so far and provides timings, usually of recorded performances, but also of public performances or MIDI realizations.

Timings are given in minutes, with left padding with zeros to enable correct sorting. Timings in italics are averages of various performances. The third column provides comments indicating the medium and performer of the sources used and lists the durations of the performances used to calculate the averages.

For a list of separate timings of the sections from Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.), see the page Timings of Recorded Performances of Opus clavicembalisticum. Links are given in the third column to the entries of the page Track Timings of the Altarus and Continuum Recordings for the timings of the individual sections of the works recorded on these labels.

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Title Timing Comments
The Poplars (1915; 3 pp.) 003:05 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Chrysilla (1915; 4 pp.) 003:01 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Roses du soir (1915; 4 pp.) 003:01 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
L’heure exquise (1916; 2 pp.) 002:13 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Vocalise pour soprano fioriturata (1916; 3 pp.) 002:21 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Apparition (1916; 5 pp.) 002:40 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Hymne à Aphrodite (1916; 5 pp.) 004:59 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Chaleur — Poème (1916-17; 32 pp.) 009:20 Performance by the Frankfurter Orchester Gesellschaft, cond. Stefan Schmitt
Sonata no. 0 for Piano (1917; 30 pp.) 024:38 Recording by Soheil Nasseri
Quasi habanera (1917; 6 pp.) 004:59 Recording by Michael Habermann
L’étang (1917; 2 pp.) 002:37 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Désir éperdu — Fragment (1917; 1 p.) 000:26 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge
I Was Not Sorrowful — Poem for Voice and Piano [Spleen] (between 1917 and 1919; 3 pp.) 002:30 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Le mauvais jardinier (1919; 1 p.) 000:35 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge
Trois fêtes galantes de Verlaine (ca. 1919; 11 pp.) 007:43 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) 016:32 Recordings by Michael Habermann (15:09) and Donna Amato (17:55)
Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.) 022:06 Recording by Marc-André Hamelin
Trois poèmes pour chant et piano (1918, 1919; 9 pp.) 006:49 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Music to “The Rider by Night” (1919; 54 pp.) 006:35 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge (limited to the extant music, which lacks pp. 21-40)
Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.) 026:20 Performance by Christopher Berg and string quartet
Arabesque (1920; 2 pp.) 001:37 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) 009:34 Recording by Michael Habermann
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.) 029:00 Performance by Donna Amato
Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.) 052:13 Recording by Tellef Johnson
Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.) 087:00 Performance by Tellef Johnson
Pastiche on the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin (1922; 7 pp.) 004:41 Recordings by Michael Habermann (4:19) and Fredrik Ullén (5:03)
Pastiche on the Habanera from “Carmen” by Bizet (1922; 6 pp.) 005:43 Recordings by Michael Habermann (4:37) and Carlo Grante (6:49)
Pastiche on the Hindu Merchant’s Song from “Sadko” by Rimsky-Korsakov (1922; 4 pp.) 004:08 Recordings by Marc-André Hamelin (4:05) and Michael Habermann (4:10)
Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.) 014:10 Recording by Michael Habermann
Opusculum for Orchestra (1923; 36 pp.) 017:00 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Benjamin René
Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.) 022:56 Recordings by Michael Habermann (19:01) and Yonty Solomon (26:51)
Cinque sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti (1923; 40 pp.) 013:15 Performance by the New Music Concerts
Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.) 117:34 Recording by Kevin Bowyer
Valse-fantaisie for Piano (1925; 16 pp.) 015:27 Recording by Michael Habermann
Trois poèmes du “Gulistān” de Saʿdī (1926; 16 pp.) 014:50 Performance by Peter Clark and Christopher Berg
L’irrémédiable (1927; 8 pp.) 006:10 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.) 074:55 Recording by Jonathan Powell
Nocturne, “Jāmī” (1928; 28 pp.) 023:24 Recordings by Michael Habermann (21:10, 22:10) and Jonathan Powell (26:51)
Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) 139:26 Recording by Jonathan Powell
Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.) 008:01 Recording by Donna Amato
Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) 252:11 Recordings by Geoffrey Douglas Madge (230:16, 243:23) and John Ogdon (283:29), and public performance by Jonathan Powell (251:21)
Movement for Voice and Piano (1927, 1931; 9 pp.) 011:30 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Simon Abrahams
Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.) 540:00 Performance by Kevin Bowyer
Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.) 063:57 Recording by Jonathan Powell
Pasticcio capriccioso sopra l’op. 64, no 1 del Chopin (1933; 8 pp.) 004:12 Recordings by Michael Habermann (4:13) and Fredrik Ullén (4:11)
Fragment Written for Harold Rutland (1926, 1928, 1937; 2 pp.) 002:44 Recording by Michael Habermann
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.) 014:55 Recording by Michael Habermann
“Quaere reliqua hujus materiei inter secretiora” (1940; 16 pp.) 018:39 Recordings by Michael Habermann (16:55) and Donna Amato (20:23)
“Gulistān” — Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) 033:33 Recordings by Michael Habermann (29:38), Charles Hopkins (35:25), and Jonathan Powell (35:35)
St. Bertrand de Comminges: “He was laughing in the tower” (1941; 16 pp.) 020:38 Recordings by Jonathan Powell (18:49), Michael Habermann (20:12), and Donna Amato (22:54)
Trois poèmes (1941; 13 pp.) 007:05 Recording by Elizabeth Farnum and Margaret Kampmeier
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) 423:05 Performances by Fredrik Ullén and MIDI versions of the edition by Alexander Abercrombie
Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel: transcription de concert pour piano (second version, 1945; 26 pp.) 017:58 Recording by Michael Habermann
Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.) 002:41 Performance by Solon Pierce (3:42) and MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge (1:40)
Concerto da suonare da me solo e senza orchestra, per divertirmi (1946; 70 pp.) 066:33 Recording by Jonathan Powell
Schlussszene aus “Salome” von Richard Strauss — Konzertmäßige Übertragung für Klavier zu zwei Händen (1947; 25 pp.) 017:13 Performance by Jonathan Powell
Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.) 430:00 Performance by Jonathan Powell
Symphony [no. 2], “Jāmī”, for Large Orchestra, Wordless Chorus, and Baritone Solo (1942-51; 826 pp.) 278:24 MIDI realization by David Carter
Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.) 031:36 Recording by Jonathan Powell
Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.) 021:54 Recordings by Michael Habermann (21:18) and Jonathan Powell (22:30)
Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.) 036:46 Recording by Jonathan Powell
Suggested Bell-Chorale for St. Luke’s Carillon (1961; 1 p.) 001:55 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge
Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.) 003:01 Recordings by Michael Habermann (2:43), Ronald Stevenson (3:14), and Murray McLachlan (3:06)
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.) 274:00 Performance by Reinier van Houdt
Frammenti aforistici (Sutras) (104) (1962-64; 37 pp.) 065:00 Performance by Daan Vandewalle (who estimates its duration at 60-70 minutes)
Frammenti aforistici (20) (1964; 9 pp.) 010:19 Performance by Jonathan Powell
Frammento cantato (1967; 1 p.) 000:44 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge
Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.) 021:00 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge
Benedizione di San Francesco d’Assisi (1973; 2 pp.) 001:00 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge
Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.) 124:17 Recording by Donna Amato
Variazione maliziosa e perversa sopra “La morte d’Åse” da Grieg (1974; 2 pp.) 000:52 Recording by Donna Amato
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) 279:40 Performance by Jonathan Powell
Frammenti aforistici (4) (1977; 1 p.) 001:20 Performance by Gordon Rumson
“Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.) 086:00 Performance by Jonathan Powell
Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) 017:43 Performance given at the Delius Society (18:55) and MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge (16:30)
Villa Tasca: mezzogiorno siciliano — evocazione nostalgica e memoria tanta cara e preziosa del giardino meraviglioso, splendido, tropicale (1979-80; 47 pp.) 054:26 Recording by Jonathan Powell
Opus secretum atque necromanticum (1980-81; 48 pp.) 055:00 Performance by Carlo Grante
Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) 003:05 Performance by Albert Frantz
Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) 001:48 MIDI realization (unpublished) by Marc-André Roberge
Passeggiata arlecchinesca sopra un frammento di Busoni (“Rondò arlecchinesco”) (1981-82; 16 pp.) 015:27 Recording by Donna Amato
Due sutras sul nome dell’amico Alexis (1981, 1984; 2 pp.) 001:15 Recording by Donna Amato
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