List of KSS Numbers and Years of Publication

This page lists the KSS numbers assigned by the Sorabji Archive in its List of Compositions of Sorabji’s works. It also provides, as a quick guide, the year in which the latest edition was published. Data about previous editions are given under “Comments”. “Original edition” refers to an edition published under the supervision of the composer; the other editions were prepared by modern editors.

Forthcoming editions: A message by Alistair Hinton on the Sorabji Forum lists the editions that are not yet available in print (with an indication of those that are in progress as of 29 March 2014), but not the names of the editors; other projects are announced on the Sorabji Forum. It is imperative to contact the Sorabji Archive to discuss edition projects and have them approved. In the list below, editions known to be in progress have a publication date of 2999 for sorting purposes. See also page Current or Recent Research.

Works without numbers: The Sorabji Archive did not assign numbers to the following works, which are not extant and are known only by references in the correspondence or other archival documents. Toccata terza (1937?-38?; 0 p.), exceptionally, is part of the Sorabji Archive’s list.

  • Transcription of “In a Summer Garden” (1914; 0 p.)
  • Vocalise no. 2 (1916; 0 p.)
  • Medea (1916; 0 p.)
  • The Reiterated Chord (1916; 0 p.)
  • Black Mass (1922; 0 p.)
  • Music for “Faust” (ca. 1930; 0 p.)
  • The Line (1932; 0 p.)
  • Le agonie (1951; 0 p.)

Normalized titles: The corresponding titles are given using the normalized forms found throughout the Sorabji Resource Site, which are different from those proposed by the Sorabji Archive. Not used either are the sigla (e.g., KSS7), which are inspired by the numbers that appear at the bottom of the scores published between 1921 and 1931 under the composer’s supervision (e.g., K. S. 7).

Categories: The Sorabji Archive lists the works under nine headings, whereas Paul Rapoport’s SCC uses nine categories, but subdivides three of them into two, marked a and b, thus yielding twelve categories. The latter is taken over into the Sorabji Resource Site and Opus sorabjianum and is given in the third column.

  • 1     Piano solo
  • 2     Organ solo
  • 3     Piano and orchestra
  • 4a   Orchestra without voices
  • 4b   Orchestra with voices
  • 5a   Chamber ensemble without voices
  • 5b   Chamber ensemble with voice(s)
  • 6a   Voice and piano
  • 6b   Voice and organ
  • 7     Carillon
  • 8     (Piano) transcriptions
  • 9     Unknown {The Music for “Faust” (ca. 1930; 0 p.) does not appear in the list below because it has no KSS number.}

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KSS Number Title Category Publication Comments
KSS Number Title Category Publication Comments
1 The Poplars (1915; 3 pp.) 6a 2999 Completed in 2007 but temporarily withheld
2 Chrysilla (1915; 4 pp.) 6a 2007
3 Roses du soir (1915; 4 pp.) 6a 2002
4 L’heure exquise (1916; 2 pp.) 6a 2006 First edition, 1996
5 Vocalise pour soprano fioriturata (1916; 3 pp.) 6a 2006
6 Concerto [no. 1] pour piano et grand orchestre (1915-16; 177 pp.) 3  
7 Apparition (1916; 5 pp.) 6a 2001
8 Hymne à Aphrodite (1916; 5 pp.) 6a 2006
9 Sonata no. 0 for Piano (1917; 30 pp.) 1 2015
10 L’étang (1917; 2 pp.) 6a 2006
11 I Was Not Sorrowful — Poem for Voice and Piano [Spleen] (between 1917 and 1919; 3 pp.) 6a 2006
11a Le mauvais jardinier (1919; 1 p.) 6a 2006
12 Quasi habanera (1917; 6 pp.) 1 1992
13 Désir éperdu — Fragment (1917; 1 p.) 1 2005
14 Concerto II pour piano et grand orchestre (1916-17; 49 pp.) 3 2999
15 Chaleur — Poème (1916-17; 32 pp.) 4a 2013
16 Concerto pour piano et orchestra da camera [no. 3] (1918; 100 pp.) 3  
17 “In the Hothouse”, from Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) 1 1921
18 Concerto pour piano et grand orchestre [no. 4] (1918; 100 pp.) 3  
19 Fantaisie espagnole (1919; 23 pp.) 1 1922
20 Sonata no. 1 for Piano (1919; 42 pp.) 1 1921
21 Trois poèmes pour chant et piano (1918, 1919; 9 pp.) 6a 1921
22 Music to “The Rider by Night” (1919; 54 pp.) 5b 2008
23 “Toccata”, from Two Piano Pieces (1918, 1920; 20 pp.) 1 1921
24 Arabesque (1920; 2 pp.) 6a 2006
25 Prelude, Interlude, and Fugue for Piano (1920, 1922; 17 pp.) 1 1924
26 Quintet no. 1 for Piano and Quartet of Stringed Instruments (1919-20; 72 pp.) 5a 1923
27 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.) 3 1923
28 Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.) 1 1923
29 Sonata III for Piano (1922; 75 pp.) 1 1924
30 Symphony [no. 1] for Piano, Large Orchestra, Chorus, and Organ (1921-22; 300 pp.) 4b  
31 Three Pastiches for Piano (1922; 17 pp.) 8 2014
Edition by Donald Garvelmann, 1969

First separate editions, 1992 (Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov), 2005 (Chopin)
32 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no.] III [no. 6] (1922; 144 pp.) 3  
33 Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel: transcription de concert pour piano (first version, 1923; 16 pp.) 8 2005
34 Opusculum for Orchestra (1923; 36 pp.) 4a 2014
35 Le jardin parfumé: Poem for Piano Solo (1923; 16 pp.) 1 2014 Original edition, 1927
36 Cinque sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti (1923; 40 pp.) 5b 2005
37 Trois fêtes galantes de Verlaine (ca. 1919; 11 pp.) 6a 1924
38 Concerto per pianoforte e piccola orchestra, “Simorg-Anka” [no. 7] (1924; 100 pp.) 3 2999
39 Symphony [no. 1] for Organ (1924; 81 pp.) 2 2013 Original edition, 1925; corrected edition, 1988
40 Valse-fantaisie for Piano (1925; 16 pp.) 1 1927
41 Variazioni e fuga triplice sopra “Dies irae” per pianoforte (1923-26; 201 pp.) 1 2999
41a Fragment: Prelude and Fugue on FxAxx DAxEx (1926; 3 pp.) 1 2013
42 Trois poèmes du “Gulistān” de Saʿdī (1926; 16 pp.) 6a 1991
43 Fragment Written for Harold Rutland (1926, 1928, 1937; 2 pp.) 1 1993
44 L’irrémédiable (1927; 8 pp.) 6a 1993
45 Concerto V for Piano and Large Orchestra [no. 8] (1927-28; 344 pp.) 3  
46 Toccata [no. 1] for Piano (1928; 66 pp.) 1 2001
47 Nocturne, “Jāmī” (1928; 28 pp.) 1 2004
48 Sonata IV for Piano (1928-29; 111 pp.) 1 2004
48a Introduction, Passacaglia, Cadenza, and Fugue (1929; compl. Alexander Abercrombie, 2004; 79 pp.) 1 2005
49 Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F. (1929; 8 pp.) 1 2013 First edition, 1992
50 Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.) 1 1931
51 Symphony no. 0 for Piano Solo (1930-31; 333 pp.) 1 2999
52 Movement for Voice and Piano (1927, 1931; 9 pp.) 6a 2001
53 Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32; 350 pp.) 2 2014 First edition, 1991
54 Quintet II for Piano and String Quartet (1932-33; 432 pp.) 5a 2007
55 Fantasia ispanica (1933; 54 pp.) 1 2002
56 Pasticcio capriccioso sopra l’op. 64, no 1 del Chopin (1933; 8 pp.) 8 1994
57 Toccata seconda per pianoforte (1933-34; 111 pp.) 1 2004
58 Sonata V (Opus archimagicum) (1934-35; 336 pp.) 1 2009
59 Symphonic Variations for Piano (1935-37; 484 pp.) 1 2999
60 Tāntrik Symphony for Piano Alone (1938-39; 284 pp.) 1 2015
61 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.) 8 1993
62 “Quaere reliqua hujus materiei inter secretiora” (1940; 16 pp.) 1 2014 First edition, 1993
63 “Gulistān” — Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) 1 2012
64 St. Bertrand de Comminges: “He was laughing in the tower” (1941; 16 pp.) 1 2014 First edition, 1992
65 Trois poèmes (1941; 13 pp.) 6a 2007 First edition, 1988
66 Études transcendantes (100) (1940-44; 456 pp.) 1 2007
67 Rapsodie espagnole de Maurice Ravel: transcription de concert pour piano (second version, 1945; 26 pp.) 8 2005
68 Transcription of the Prelude in E-flat by Bach (1945; 4 pp.) 8 1992
69 Concerto da suonare da me solo e senza orchestra, per divertirmi (1946; 70 pp.) 1 2004
70 Schlussszene aus “Salome” von Richard Strauss — Konzertmäßige Übertragung für Klavier zu zwei Händen (1947; 25 pp.) 8 2007
71 Sequentia cyclica super “Dies irae” ex Missa pro defunctis (1948-49; 335 pp.) 1 2008
72 Symphony [no. 2], “Jāmī”, for Large Orchestra, Wordless Chorus, and Baritone Solo (1942-51; 826 pp.) 4b 2999
73 Third Organ Symphony (1949-53; 305 pp.) 2 2014
74 Un nido di scatole sopra il nome del grande e buon amico Harold Rutland (1954; 26 pp.) 1 2002
75 Second Symphony for Piano (1954; 248 pp.) 1 2999 Edition project reserved
76 Toccata terza (1937?-38?; 0 p.) 1   Manuscript not extant
77 Passeggiata veneziana sopra la Barcarola di Offenbach (1955-56; 24 pp.) 1 2002
78 Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1935-37, 1953-56; 540 pp.) 3 2014
79 Rosario d’arabeschi (1956; 45 pp.) 1 2002
80 Opus clavisymphonicum — Concerto for Piano and Large Orchestra (1957-59; 333 pp.) 3  
81 Third Symphony for Piano Solo (1959-60; 144 pp.) 1 2016
82 Suggested Bell-Chorale for St. Luke’s Carillon (1961; 1 p.) 7 2004
83 Fantasiettina sul nome illustre dell’egregio poeta Christopher Grieve ossia Hugh M’Diarmid (1961; 10 pp.) 1 1981
84 Messa grande sinfonica (1955-61; 1,001 pp.) 4b 2017
85 Fourth Symphony for Piano Alone (1962-64; 240 pp.) 1 2014
86 Frammenti aforistici (20) (1964; 9 pp.) 1 2012
87 Toccata quarta (1964-67; 149 pp.) 1 2999
88 Frammento cantato (1967; 1 p.) 6a 2007
89 Concertino non grosso for String Sextet with Piano obbligato quasi continuo (1968; 48 pp.) 5a 2004
90 Frammenti aforistici (Sutras) (104) (1962-64; 37 pp.) 1 2007
91 Benedizione di San Francesco d’Assisi (1973; 2 pp.) 6b 2013
92 Symphonia brevis for Piano (1973; 120 pp.) 1 2010
93 Variazione maliziosa e perversa sopra “La morte d’Åse” da Grieg (1974; 2 pp.) 1 2005
94 Opusculum clavisymphonicum vel claviorchestrale (1973-75; 334 pp.) 3 2999
95 Sixth Symphony for Piano (Symphonia claviensis) (1975-76; 270 pp.) 1 2012
96 Frammenti aforistici (4) (1977; 1 p.) 1 2013
97 Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (1977-78; 113 pp.) 1 2016
98 “Il gallo d’oro” da Rimsky-Korsakov: variazioni frivole con una fuga anarchica, eretica e perversa (1978-79; 93 pp.) 1 2004
99 Il tessuto d’arabeschi (1979; 32 pp.) 5a 2004
100 Villa Tasca: mezzogiorno siciliano — evocazione nostalgica e memoria tanta cara e preziosa del giardino meraviglioso, splendido, tropicale (1979-80; 47 pp.) 1 2008
101 Opus secretum atque necromanticum (1980-81; 48 pp.) 1 2007
102 Passeggiata variata sul nome del caro e gentile giovane amico Clive Spencer-Bentley (1981; 3 pp.) 1 2013
103 Fantasiettina atematica (1981; 2 pp.) 5a 2005
104 Due sutras sul nome dell’amico Alexis (1981, 1984; 2 pp.) 1 2013 First edition, 1992
105 Passeggiata arlecchinesca sopra un frammento di Busoni (“Rondò arlecchinesco”) (1981-82; 16 pp.) 1 2999 First edition, 1993
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