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Self-taught composer, critic and pianist Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was born in Chingford, England of a Parsi father and an English mother on 14 August 1892. He was a close friend and confidant of the English composer Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock).
Preferring silence to bad performances, Sorabji took the unusual step of prohibiting unauthorised public performances of his works, which include symphonies, organ symphonies, piano concertos, and much other piano music including the monumental Opus Clavicembalisticum (1929-30), a work which takes nearly five hours to perform.
Before Sorabji's death on 15 October 1988, aged ninety-six, his music began to receive performances from Yonty Solomon, John Ogdon and other top-rank musicians. The Sorabji Archive (curator Alistair Hinton) has encouraged new editions from performers and scholars, and a series of CD recordings has been made.
Further information: The Sorabji Archive
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