Works Performed but not Recorded

This page lists those works by Sorabji that have received a first performance (and sometimes further performances). In several cases, performances were given many years ago, but no commercial recording has yet been made. Private recordings may circulate, though they have probably not been sanctioned by the performers.

The present listing may be seen as an incentive for performers and recording companies to set projects in motion.

See also a list of works that have yet to receive a first performance.

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Works Year of First Performance Comments
Chaleur — Poème (1916-17; 32 pp.) 1999  
Désir éperdu — Fragment (1917; 1 p.) 1990 MP3 file of a performance by David Pitman
Le mauvais jardinier (1919; 1 p.) 2011  
Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.) 1998  
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.) 2003  
Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.) 1977  
Cinque sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti (1923; 40 pp.) 1980  
Trois poèmes du “Gulistān” de Saʿdī (1926; 16 pp.) 1999  
Movement for Voice and Piano (1927, 1931; 9 pp.) 2001  
Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) 1936  
Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.) 1999  
Schlussszene aus “Salome” von Richard Strauss — Konzertmäßige Übertragung für Klavier zu zwei Händen (1947; 25 pp.) 2007  
Suggested Bell-Chorale for St. Luke’s Carillon (1961; 1 p.) 1961  
Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.) 2003 Vars. 14-17, 25-30, 34, and 35 played by Reinier van Houdt are available on a CD that is part of issue no. 87 (Fall 2003) of the magazine Musicworks.
Frammenti aforistici (Sutras) (104) (1962-64; 37 pp.) 2005  
Frammenti aforistici (20) (1964; 9 pp.) 2004 MP3 file of a performance by Jonathan Powell
Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) 2014 The fifth movement (“Intermezzo secondo”) was given its first performance by Florian Steininger at the Musentempel im Kulturzentrum Tempel (Karlsruhe).
Benedizione di San Francesco d’Assisi (1973; 2 pp.) 1999  
Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) 2013 The recording of the first performance by Jonathan Powell (’s-Hertogenbosch, 27 October 2013) was broadcast on Concertzender on 14 August 2014 from 1.00 to 7.00 a.m. Following the host’s introduction, the concert begins at 0:03:20 and ends at 4:55:26; the applause subsides at 4:57:20, after which music by Simeon Ten Holt is heard. The entire programme lasts 5:59:54.
Frammenti aforistici (4) (1977; 1 p.) 1991  
“Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.) 2005 Jonathan Powell’s performance at the Centre Corum in Montpellier was broadcast live.
Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) 1982  
Opus secretum atque necromanticum (1980-81; 48 pp.) 2001 A live recording of the first performance at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 28 November 2001, is available on YouTube.
Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) 1998  
Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) 1995  
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