5 Jul At the time, Sorabji’s Opus Clavicembalisticum was thought to be the longest and most difficult piece of solo music ever conceived, and remains. Witness the dedication of Opus clavicembalisticum—”To my two friends (e duobus unum): Hugh M’ Diarmid and C. M. Grieve[,] likewise to the everlasting glory of. Opus Clavicembalisticum: Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: Sorabji’s most famous composition is Opus Clavicembalisticum (). It consists of one movement.
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Sorabji Opus Clavicembalisticum
The only other verifiable and complete public performances of this work have been given by Daan Vandewalle in Brugge, Madrid and Berlin, although a number of pianists have performed excerpts, which are usually the first two movements. When he allows cannon-shot climaxes 45 seconds to die off, when he stretches the Adagio in Part 3 to incantatory stillness, when he follows a Part 2 Variation of Messiaenic exaltation with one of Heiliger Dankgesang inwardness, the experience is one of awesome inner intensity, as well as providing the counterbalance to the expanses of dense, almost manic activity.
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The closing 4 pages are so cataclysmic and catastrophic as anything I’ve ever done—the harmony bites like nitric acid —the counterpoint grinds like the mills of God This performance, and its reception, may have led to Sorabji’s “ban” on public performances of his works; he asserted that “no performance at all is vastly preferable to an obscene travesty”.
It is notable for its length and difficulty: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Skip to main content. Pars prima was performed by John Tobin on March 10, ; this performance is noted to have taken approximately twice as long as the score dictates. Articles needing additional references from June All articles needing additional references.
This page was last edited on 2 Augustat He continued composing well into old age, and died in at the age of A recording of the performance was released on a set of four LPs, which are now out of print. Yes, the opening bars are arresting, and for a while the extravagance of harmony, texture, and pyrotechnic agility exert a cobra-like fasdnation. First of all, how did anyone know what the proper length was? Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji Composer.
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Sorabji may in part have been inspired to compose the work after hearing a performance by Egon Petri of Busoni ‘s Fantasia contrappuntistica  and Opus clavicembalisticum to some degree embraces an homage to Busoni’s work. Petersburg and, inhe embarked on a tour with it to include performances in Brighton, London, Oxford, Karlsruhe, Glasgow, Brno and elsewhere. Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Hugh M’ Diarmid and C. The John Tobin performance of Part 1 which led to the famous embargo on public performances is said to have been at least twice its proper length. In a letter upon completion of the massive work on 25 June Sorabji wrote to a friend of his:. However, on the whole it withstands the battering very well, and Ogdon exploits its bass register magnificently, producing cavernous spaces and thunderous detonations to clinch structural points at either end of the dynamic spectrum.
The piece was an impossibly vast undertaking, and an enormous compositional achievement. It has to be said that ‘O.
KSS50 Opus Clavicembalisticum
But if that fascination is to last and to grow towards deeper empathy the listener must be prepared to be stretched. Retrieved 19 May From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. And I say that having approached Opus clavicerntbalisticum with a degree of mild scepticism, wary of the temptation to feign interest in the extraordinary for its own sake, suspecting that even if there was something there it would not justify the Wagnerian time-scale or the unremitting textural density.
I suppose it should be said that the Bosendorfer instrument goes woefully out of tune in Part 2 which is precisely where the inspiration of the playing is running highest. Maybe you will find that deplorable, maybe phenomenal; but it is certain that few pianists could even attempt such things, and in the context, setting off the towering intellectuality of the fugues as in some hugely expanded baroque toccata, the degree of approximation is not one I find intolerable.
Witness the dedication of Opus clavicembalisticum —”To my two friends e duobus unum: They do for it is totally different—in some places not so well played, in others very much better, and overall pitched at a level of insight which Madge, for all his undeniable virtuosity, cannot rival. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. The score for Opus Clavicembalisticum was published the following year, and in Marchthe pianist John Tobin staged a second public performance—this time of only the first part of the full piece—in London.
Indeed, the passages which obstinately resist my powers of comprehension are principally those like the second fugue and the second exposition of the fourth fugue where Ogdon’s fingers cannot keep up with his brain or is it vice versa?
With a wracking head and literally my whole body shaking as with ague I write this and tell you I have just this afternoon early finished Clavicembalisticum Retrieved from ” https: He had performed the entire thing in a near trance-like state of concentration that had sapped him of all energy—but the audience was astounded.
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Grieve[,] likewise to the everlasting glory of those few men blessed and sanctified in the curses and execrations of those many whose praise is eternal damnation”. At the time of its completion, it was possibly the most technically demanding solo piano work in existence due, for the most part, to its extreme length and rhythmic complexity and to the vast resources of physical and mental stamina demanded by its many passages of transcendental virtuosity, although some works conceived by New Complexitymodernist and avant-garde composers, along with Sorabji himself, were more difficult still; it is in this particular area that Opus clavicembalisticum primarily receives its notoriety, and to this day is still highly regarded in that light.
The excoriating tone is characteristic and is even quite mild compared to some of the criticism Sorabji penned in the second quarter of this century such as the Open letter to a conductor beginning, ”Egregious, Egobstical, Empty-pated and Exhibibionistical Sir”.
Tobin, however, played the piece at barely half the speed Sorabji had intended, which greatly extended the opening third of the Clavicembalisticum to twice its intended length [ PDF ]. You or someone with the same IP address as you might be clavicrmbalisticum a script or program to download pages from this site automatically. Our automated banning policies are not perfect and sometimes too strict, and some IP addresses are banned by accident. clavlcembalisticum