KSS20 Piano Sonata No. 1

Piece details

  • Written for: Piano
  • Date composed: 1919
  • Dedicatee: Ferruccio Busoni
  • Approximate duration (minutes): 22
  • Manuscript pages: 42
  • Manuscript location: Library of Congress
  • Comments: Published (London and Continental Music Publishing 1921).

Editions available from the Sorabji Archive

  • Copy of publication, A3P. 43 pages.
    Price: £13 (paper), £5 (pdf)
    Right-click to download high resolution sample page: PDF PNG
  • Manuscript, A3L. 42 pages.
    Price: £12 (paper), £5 (pdf)
    Right-click to download high resolution sample page: PDF PNG


  • Marc-André Hamelin (piano),
    Altarus Records AIR-CD9050 (July 1990)
    Track 1 (22:06)


  • ??/11/1919 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (piano)
    Regent’s Park (home of Maud Allan), London, UK
    Private reading in presence of Busoni
  • 02/11/1920 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (piano)
    Mortimer Hall, London, UK
    2nd “Sackbut” concert
  • 13/01/1922 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (piano)
    Kammersaal, Musikverein, Bösendorferstrasse, Vienna, Austria
  • 10/02/1988 Yonty Solomon (piano)
    Leicester Polytechnic, Leicester, UK
  • 19/03/1989 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Convocation Hall, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
    Celebrity Concert
  • 31/05/1989 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Salle Henri-Gagnon, Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
    Congrès 1989 de la Société de Musique des Universités Canadiennes
  • 31/10/1989 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York NY, USA
    The League of Composers/International Society for Contemporary Music
  • 05/02/1990 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Opéra, Centre National des Arts, Ottawa, Canada
    Celebrity Recital
  • 24/05/1990 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    British Music Information Centre, London, UK
  • 02/08/1990 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Canada
    XIIIième Saison — Festival International du Domaine Forget
  • 23/08/1990 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Rittersaal/Konzertsaal, Schloß vor Husum, Husum, Germany
    Raritäten der Klaviermusik
  • 20/10/1990 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Recital Hall, M O Morgan Music Building, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s, Canada
  • 14/11/1990 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    Hensel Hall, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster PA, USA
  • 18/06/1991 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, UK
  • 17/06/1997 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    British Music Information Centre, London, UK
  • 11/08/1999 David Pitman (piano)
    Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane, Australia
  • 24/07/2005 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Salle Pasteur, Centre Corum, Montpellier, France
    Montpellier Festival
  • 28/11/2007 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Ploshchad’ iskusstv 3 (Arts Square, 3), St Petersburg, Russia
  • 30/11/2007 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Music School of the Moscow Conservatoire, Bolshaya Nikitsaya, Moscow, Russia
  • 28/10/2014 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
    Poncho Concert Hall
  • 07/06/2016 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    University Hall, Tartu, Estonia
  • 17/06/2016 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Temppeliaukion kirkko, Helsinki, Finland
  • 16/01/2019 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK
    A concert in memory of Yonty Solomon (1936-2008)

Broadcasts etc.

  • 14/08/1984 Yonty Solomon (piano)
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [broadcast]
  • 11/04/1985 Yonty Solomon (piano)
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [repeat broadcast]
  • 26/07/1988 Yonty Solomon (piano) [extract]
    Cleveland Lodge (home of Lady Susi Jeans), Dorking, UK [recording]
    Organists’ Summer School: Illustrated Lecture
  • 14/08/1990 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    WFUV Radio, New York NY, USA [broadcast of recording]
    “Concert Grande” programme
  • 27/02/1991 Yonty Solomon (piano) [extract]
    Lecture Room A, Music Faculty, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK [recording]
    Oxford University Contemporary Music Group, Illustrated Lecture (Alistair Hinton)
  • 27/04/1991 Marc-André Hamelin (piano) [extract]
    Radio Bremen, Bremen, Germany [broadcast of recording]
    Hauptabteilung E-Musik, Klassik Diskothek, Raritäten der Klaviermusik
  • 11/09/1991 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    North German Radio, Hannover, Germany [broadcast of recording]
  • 09/08/1992 Marc-André Hamelin (piano) [extract]
    Radio Bremen, Bremen, Germany [broadcast of recording]
    Hauptabteilung E-Musik, Redaktion Neue Musik
  • 14/08/1992 Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [broadcast of recording]
    “A Sorabji Centenary” programme
  • 29/10/1992 Marc-André Hamelin (piano) [extract]
    École de Musique, Salle Henri-Gagnon Université Laval, Québec, Canada [recording]
    Sorabji centenary lecture (Marc-André Roberge)
  • 21/11/2005 Jonathan Powell (piano)
    Radio France, France Musique, Paris, France [broadcast]
    Montpellier Festival (broadcast of part of concert of 24/07/2005)