Dimensions and Colours of the Published Editions
This table shows the dimensions (width × height), expressed in inches (i.e., the units used at the time of production), of the compositions that Sorabji had published between 1921 and 1931 thanks to the financial support offered by his father as well as the two other scores published afterwards. The column devoted to the format readily indicates if a score is in portrait or landscape orientation. The colours used for the covers (light cardboard) as well as those of the lettering (usually black) are also given.
The editions published by the Sorabji Archive from 1988 onwards (not surveyed here) are all provided with plain white cardboard covers and comb bindings when ordered on paper. Starting July 2012, the scores can also be ordered as PDF files.
See also the page devoted to the special limited editions, where the dimensions for Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) are given.
The colours of the covers of three of the editions listed below are used for the bars in the Sorabji Resource Site’s logo and for the section headings.
The score of Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.) comes with an inserted sheet measuring 6 3/4 × 10 5/8 in (172 × 269 mm) with seven corrections (all with musical excerpts).
The score of Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.) comes with four seven-page string parts. The parts found in the former collection of the Hart House String Quartet, which was scheduled to give the first performance in New York, are marked (typewritten in full caps: THE PROPERTY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS’ GUILD. These profusely annotated parts are located in the Edward Johnson Music Library (University of Toronto) under call number M512 .S72 Q5 (Restricted or Protected Material). For more details, see Marc-André Roberge, “Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Quintet for Piano and Four Stringed Instruments and Its Intended Performance by Norah Drewett and the Hart House String Quartet”, in Music in Canada/La musique au Canada: A Collection of Essays,Volume I, ed. Guido Bimberg, Kanada-Studien, im Auftrag des Instituts für Kanada-Studien der Universität Augsburg, vol. 25 (Bochum: Universitätsverlag Dr. N. Brockmeyer, 1997), 91-108.
The score of Pastiche on the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin (1922; 7 pp.) was published as part of Thirteen Transcriptions for Piano Solo of Chopin's Waltz in D Flat, Op. 64, No. 1 (The Minute Waltz) by Rafael Joseffy, Moriz Rosenthal, Isidor Philipp, [Max Laistner], Max Reger, Giuseppe Ferrata, Michael Zadora, Moritz Moszkowski, Alexander Michałowski, Joe Furst and Published for the First Time the Pastiche of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, edited and annotated by Donald M. Garvelmann (Bronx [obliterated and replaced with “New York”], N.Y.: Music Treasure Publications, 1969). It comes with a two sections of ancillary documents.
The score of Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.), published in a performing edition by Ronald Stevenson as part of the Bravura Series of Piano Masterworks (Aylesbury: Bardic Edition, 1987), comprises the following sections:
(W x H)
(W x H)
|Trois fêtes galantes de Verlaine (ca. 1919; 11 pp.)||8 7/8″ × 12″||P||Beige||Black|
|Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.)||10 3/8″ × 12 7/8″||P||Black||Rust|
|Trois poèmes pour chant et piano (1918, 1919; 9 pp.)||9″ × 12″||P||Grey||Green|
|Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.)
||13 1/4″ × 10 1/2″||L||Grey||Black|
|Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.)||10 3/8″ × 13″||P||Black||Pinkish|
|Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.)||10 1/2″ × 12 3/4″||P||Grey||Black|
|Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.)||9 5/16″ × 12 7/16″||P||Grey||Black|
|Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.)||13 1/2″ × 10 5/8″||L||Grey||Black|
|Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.)
||14 3/4″ × 10 3/4″||L||Beige||Black|
|Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17
||14 1/2″ × 10 7/8″||L||Beige||Black|
|Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16
||12″ × 9″||L||Mottled green||Black|
|Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.)||14 3/4″ × 10 3/4″||L||Mottled red||Black|
|Valse-fantaisie for Piano (1925; 16 pp.)
||12″ × 9″||L||Mottled brownish gold||Black|
|Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.)
||13″ × 9 13/16″ (thickness: 3/4″)||L||Mottled pewter gold||Black|
|Pastiche on the “Minute Waltz” by Chopin (1922;
||9″ × 12″||P||Brownish yellow needle-point lace motive on white background||Brown|
|Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher
Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.)
||9″ × 12″||P||Brown||Red (with gold border)|
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