Sound Clips for the Musical Examples
This page provides explanations about the making of the sound clips for Marc-André Roberge’s book Opus sorabjianum: The Life and Works of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. It also gives the download link for a zipped file containing 101 MP3 files, that is, the 100 musical examples at the end of the book plus the short excerpt from “Gulistān” — Nocturne for Piano (1940; 28 pp.) found as sign-off at the end of chapter 23.
Playing Time: 48 minutes (average time for each clip: 28.5 seconds).
Sounds and Peculiarities
Tempo and Dynamics: Invisible metronome marks representing the editor’s best guesses have been inserted to produce something that appears playable and meaningful; the tempos used may or may not be based on those chosen by the artists who have released commercial recordings. To produce clips that have sufficient volume, very low dynamics have sometimes been increased. For better results, increase the volume slightly.
Pauses between Sections and after the Final Note: Sections denoted by a double bar-line are preceded by four beats of silence, and each clip ends likewise.
Limitations: As usual with sound clips, especially those that are not produced by high-end equipment in the hands of seasoned professionals, those offered here should be considered only as a quick and easy means of having an idea of what a few bars of music sound. There is hardly any attempt at trying to produce anything approaching a real performance. What matters here is that these (usually) 15- to 30-second clips, meant solely for illustrative purposes in order to better understand the musical examples and not for repeated armchair listening, should offer perfect accuracy with regard to pitches and rhythms. I apologize in advance to those who have taken the time to master the art of creating high-quality sound clips or, more importantly, object in principle to the creation and dissemination of such files.
Copyright: The music is the property of the Sorabji Archive (Alistair Hinton). The clips, like the editorial content of the musical examples on which they are based, are the property of Marc-André Roberge.
Suggested Procedure for Listening (using Windows Media Player 11)
Download Link: The zipped file containing the clips for Opus sorabjianum: The Life and Works of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji can be downloaded by clicking on the following link (ZIP: 39.9 MB; MP3: 44.8 MB):
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