Websites Devoted to Sorabji
This page lists, in chronological order of foundation, the various websites (past and present) devoted to Sorabji and to information on, and discussion of, his life and works. It will serve to document the history of how the Web was used by a group of pioneers as a medium for the discovery of his music.
|Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji||1996-||This site was created in February 1996 by Erica Schulman Kane, a Ph.D. a violist with a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University (1994). Though it is no longer updated since 2006 (if not before), the site has been hosted since its foundation on the server of McGill University (Montréal) thanks to Joel Wapnick, a professor of music education in the Department of Music Research at the Schulich School of Music at McGill (and also a world champion of Scrabble™), who had become interested in Sorabji’s music after attending Marc-André Roberge’s lecture “Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: Crackpot or Genius? — A Lecture on the sui generis Composer” (McGill University, Faculty of Music, 17 March 1983).|
|Yahoo! Discussion Group||2001-||Founded on 17 February 2001 by Erica Schulman Kane, this discussion group became active only on 6 August 2001, when Marc-André Roberge, after learning from Schulman that she had not yet advertised the site’s foundation, posted the first message and sent an invitation to join to those Sorabjians whose email addresses he knew. As of 23 August 2010, the group comprised 311 members.|
|Sorabji Forum||2006-2007||The Sorabji Forum <http://sorabji.ath.cx/> was founded on 21 April 2006 by Ryan Hayes (also known as “ryguillian”), from Chicago. Following technical problems on the server, the site was pulled off in early 2007 and never reactivated. It was replaced by a Sorabji Forum hosted by the Sorabji Archive (see below).|
|The Sorabji Archive||2006-||The foundation of the Sorabji Archive’s website was announced [link no longer active]on 26 July 2006. Managed by Vasilios Tsokis, Frazer Jarvis (lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield), and John Wagstaffe, it provides detailed information on Sorabji’s works, their editions and their performances. It also features pages devoted to the works of Marc-André Hamelin and Alistair Hinton, which can also be obtained from the Archive.|
|The Sorabji Forum||2007-||The Sorabji Forum was founded on 3 February 2007, with Alistair Hinton (Curator/Founder of the Sorabji Archive), Vasilios Tsokis, and Frazer Jarvis as administrators. It replaces Ryan Hayes’s Sorabji Forum that was briefly active in 2006. It comprises 155 members as of 20 June 2011. Being hosted by the Sorabji Archive, it can be considered the official Sorabji site. After an interruption of a few months resulting from a virus attack in January 2011, the Forum resumed its activities on 15 June thanks to the efforts of Michael Grossi, who joined the administrators.|
|Sorabji Files||2008-||The Sorabji Files site was founded on 22 February 2008 by Michael Grossi, a resident of New Jersey. Its main purpose is to give access to sound and video files featuring Sorabji’s music that are available on the Web. It tentatively hosted a Sorabji forum (pulled off on 30 April 2008 at the latest) that never became active owing to the existence of a forum connected to the Sorabji Archive’s site. The site was momentarily closed in June 2008 and revived on 14 August 2008.
|The Sorabji Organ Project||2008-||The foundation of the Sorabji Organ Project was announced on 22 April 2008. Its purpose is to document Kevin Bowyer’s work on the edition and performance of Sorabji’s three organ symphonies.|
|Opus Archimagicum||2009-||The site Opus Archimagicum, by the pianist Tellef Johnson, was launched on 30 November 2009. It is devoted to information on Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.) and essays on various related topics. A preliminary description of its contents, announcing recordings of excerpts, was posted on the Sorabji Forum on 6 November 2009. The website no longer responds as of 17 January 2013.|
|The Sorabji Store||2010-||The Sorabji Store was put up by Michael Grossi, who created and manages the Sorabji Files (see above). The site, whose on-line status was announced on 18 March 2010, offers a centralized source for purchasing Sorabji-related records and books through Amazon.|
|Sorabji Resource Site||2010-08-14||The Sorabji Resource Site is the creation of Marc-André Roberge, who started work on it on 17 March 2008. Its purpose is to make available in the form of lists, compilations, tables, analytical charts, links, etc., much of the material that he has gathered since he began to work in earnest on Sorabji in 1992. The site’s launch was announced on the Sorabji Forum on 11 August 2010.|
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