Unperformed Works

This page lists those works by Sorabji for which no complete performance has yet been given. Recordings, when available, are mentioned. A bullet (•) in the second column identifies a work for which a printed edition is available, which makes it easier to prepare a performance or a recording. The third column provides, when available, data about forthcoming performances.

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Works Edition Date of Scheduled Performance
Concerto [no. 1] pour piano et grand orchestre (1915-16; 177 pp.)    
Concerto II pour piano et grand orchestre (1916-17; 49 pp.)    
Concerto pour piano et orchestra da camera [no. 3] (1918; 100 pp.)    
Concerto pour piano et grand orchestre [no. 4] (1918; 100 pp.)    
Music to “The Rider by Night” (1919; 54 pp.) Unlikely to be performed given its incomplete status
Symphony [no. 1] for Piano, Large Orchestra, Chorus, and Organ (1921-22; 300 pp.)    
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no.] III [no. 6] (1922; 144 pp.)    
Opusculum for Orchestra (1923; 36 pp.)  
Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel: transcription de concert pour piano (first version, 1923; 16 pp.)  
Concerto per pianoforte e piccola orchestra, “Simorg-Anka” [no. 7] (1924; 100 pp.)    
Variazioni e fuga triplice sopra “Dies irae” per pianoforte (1923-26; 201 pp.)    
Concerto V for Piano and Large Orchestra [no. 8] (1927-28; 344 pp.)    
Introduction, Passacaglia, Cadenza, and Fugue (1929; compl. Alexander Abercrombie, 2004; 79 pp.)  
Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.)    
Movement for Voice and Piano (1927, 1931; 9 pp.)  
Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.)  
Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) No modern performance since the first performance by the composer on 16 December 1936
Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.) A recording by Tellef Johnson is in preparation (the website no longer responds as of 17 January 2013).
Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.)   Only var. 56 of the solo version has been recorded (by Michael Habermann).
Tāntrik Symphony for Piano Alone (1938-39; 284 pp.)    
Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) The etudes that have yet to be given a first public performance are nos. 27, 33, 39, 42, 44-48, 51, 53-58, 60-64, 68, 69, 71, 74, 78, 82, 87, 90, 91, and 93.

See lists of etudes that have been performed and etudes that have been recorded.
Symphony [no. 2], “Jāmī”, for Large Orchestra, Wordless Chorus, and Baritone Solo (1942-51; 826 pp.)   A MIDI rendition by David Carter is available.
Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.) A performance by Kevin Bowyer is expected as part of his Sorabji Organ Project.
Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.)    
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1935-37, 1953-56; 540 pp.) A MIDI rendition by Alberto Vignani is available.
Opus clavisymphonicum — Concerto for Piano and Large Orchestra (1957-59; 333 pp.)    
Third Symphony for Piano Solo (1959-60; 144 pp.)    
Messa grande sinfonica (1955-61; 1,001 pp.)    
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.)   Selections from the work are to be given their first performance by Florian Steininger on 20 December 2014 at the Musentempel im Kulturzentrum (Karlsruhe) as part of “In modo esotico, vol. 4”.
Frammento cantato (1967; 1 p.) A performance by Mark Oldfield (baritone) and Christopher Scobie (piano) is scheduled to take place on 23 November 2014 at Sutton House, Stoke Newington, London, as part of the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival. The concert is entitled “Trauma and Withdrawal”.
Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.) A performance by the Interrobang ensemble was planned to be given in Birmingham on 13 December 2010 as part of a concert entitled “Sorabji & Strings” but had to be postponed. The concert will also feature music by Galina Ustvolskaya and Brian Iinglis (author of a thesis on Sorabji).
Opusculum clavisymphonicum vel claviorchestrale (1973-75; 334 pp.)    
Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (1977-78; 113 pp.)    
Last modified: 2014-11-11
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