KSS66 100 Transcendental Studies

Piece details

  • Written for: Piano
  • Date composed: 1940–44
  • Dedicatee: Henry Welsh
  • Approximate duration (minutes): 440
  • Manuscript pages: 456
  • Manuscript location: Sorabji Archive
  • Comments: See Fredrik Ullén’s list of comments on most of Sorabji’s 100 Transcendental Studies and a summary table of all known first performances of individual studies. (Note also that individual études can be purchased separately.)

Editions available from the Sorabji Archive

  • Handwritten edition (Alex Abercrombie, Marc-André Hamelin, Simon Abrahams, Lukas Huisman), A3L. 864 pages.
    Price: £245 (paper), £55 (pdf)
    Right-click to download high resolution sample page: PDF PNG
  • Manuscript, A3L. 456 pages.
    Price: £110 (paper), £35 (pdf)
    Right-click to download high resolution sample page: PDF PNG

Recordings

  • Fredrik Ullén (piano),
    Danacord Records DACOCD619 (2004)
    Track 8 Study no.13 (3:28)
  • Fredrik Ullén (piano),
    BIS Records BIS-CD-1373 (2006)
    Track 1 No. 1 Mouvementé (1:50)
    Track 2 No. 2 Vivace e leggiero (1:09)
    Track 3 No. 3 — (4:17)
    Track 4 No. 4 (Scriabinesco) (2:53)
    Track 5 No. 5 Staccato e leggiero (1:24)
    Track 6 No. 6 — (1:37)
    Track 7 No. 7 Leggiero abbastanza (1:07)
    Track 8 No. 8 — (1:56)
    Track 9 No. 9 Staccato e leggiero (0:58)
    Track 10 No. 10 Con brio ed impeto — Volante (3:09)
    Track 11 No. 11 (Animato abbastanza) (1:37)
    Track 12 No. 12 Leggiero quasi saltando (1:44)
    Track 13 No. 13 — (3:31)
    Track 14 No. 14 Tranquillamente soave (4:35)
    Track 15 No. 15 — (1:40)
    Track 16 No. 16 — (2:43)
    Track 17 No. 17 Molto accentato (1:56)
    Track 18 No. 18 Liscio. Tranquillamente scorrevole (5:15)
    Track 19 NO. 19 Saltando e leggiero (2:12)
    Track 20 No. 20 Con fantasia (5:24)
    Track 21 No. 21 Con eleganta e disinvoltura (4:37)
    Track 22 No. 22 Leggiero volante e presto assai (1:24)
    Track 23 No. 23 Dolcemente scorrevole (4:00)
    Track 24 No. 24 Con fantasia e grazia (5:40)
    Track 25 No. 25 Vivace e secco (2:42)
  • Fredrik Ullén (piano),
    BIS Records BIS-CD-1533 (2009)
    Track 1 No. 26 Dolcissimo (9:56)
    Track 2 No. 27 Staccato e leggiero a capriccio (2:57)
    Track 3 No. 28 Leggiero e volante (2:15)
    Track 4 No. 29 A capriccio. Leggiero (2:09)
    Track 5 No. 30 Con fantasia (4:36)
    Track 6 No. 31 Vivace assai (2:14)
    Track 7 No. 32 Legato possibile, quasi dolce (3:12)
    Track 8 No. 33 Vivace e brioso (4:42)
    Track 9 No. 34 Soave e dolce. Insinuante (4:11)
    Track 10 No. 35 — (2:17)
    Track 11 No. 36 Mano sinistra sempre sola (7:16)
    Track 12 No. 37 Riflessioni. Moderato (3:54)
    Track 13 No. 38 Con fantasia (4:53)
    Track 14 No. 39 — (3:34)
    Track 15 No. 40 Moderato (3:09)
    Track 16 No. 41 — (3:40)
    Track 17 No. 42 Impetuoso e con fuoco ed energia (4:15)
    Track 18 No. 43 — (4:39)
  • Fredrik Ullén (piano),
    BIS Records BIS-CD-1713 (2010)
    Track 1 44. Ben cantato. Dolce e chiaro (15:25)
    Track 2 45. — (1:26)
    Track 3 46. — (2:44)
    Track 4 47. Leggiero e a capriccio (2:35)
    Track 5 48. Volante (3:14)
    Track 6 49. Vivace ma non troppo (2:23)
    Track 7 50. Per il pedale 3 (4:50)
    Track 8 51. — (3:15)
    Track 9 52. — (3:14)
    Track 10 53. A capriccio (1:59)
    Track 11 54. — (4:17)
    Track 12 55. — (2:43)
    Track 13 56. Moderato (3:10)
    Track 14 57. — (2:02)
    Track 15 58. Leggiero (3:31)
    Track 16 59. Quasi fantasia. Moderato (10:46)
    Track 17 60. Saltando, leggiero (3:07)
    Track 18 61. — (4:12)
    Track 19 62. — (2:37)

Performances

  • 30/09/1979 Yonty Solomon (piano) [1,10,24]
    Salone Villa Olmo, Como, Italy
    13th Autonno Musicale
  • 30/04/1980 Yonty Solomon (piano) [1,10,24]
    Wigmore Hall, London, UK
  • 20/07/1995 Carlo Grante (piano) [2,7,31]
    The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
    XXVII Newport Music Festival
  • 24/08/1995 Carlo Grante (piano) [31]
    Auditorium “Anime Sante”, Scanno, Italy
    Festival “Musicaestate”
  • 06/12/1995 Carlo Grante (piano) [7,31]
    Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago IL, USA
    Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
  • 23/01/1996 Carlo Grante (piano) [7,31,86]
    Villa Romanazzi Carducci, Sala Europa, Bari, Italy
  • 02/06/1996 Carlo Grante (piano) [19]
    Wigmore Hall, London, UK
  • 23/08/1996 Carlo Grante (piano) []
    Rittersaal/Konzertsaal, Schloß vor Husum, Husum, Germany
    Raritäten der Klaviermusik
  • 07/09/1996 Nicola Ventrella (piano) [66,81,86]
    Auditorium “E. R. Duni”, Matera, Italy
    Polifonica Materana “P. L. da Palestrina”: Piano Forum 1996
  • 23/03/1997 Carlo Grante (piano) [12]
    Audtorium dell’Annunziata, Sulmona, Italy
    Camerata Sulmonese
  • 26/07/1997 Carlo Grante (piano) [7,19,31,86]
    Merkin Concert Hall, New York NY, USA
    Abraham Goodman House
  • 20/08/1997 Carlo Grante (piano) [19]
    Auditorium “Anime Sante”, Scanno, Italy
    Festival “Musicaestate”
  • 25/08/1997 Carlo Grante (piano) [12]
    Auditorium del Conservatorio, Matera, Italy
    Festival “Piano Forum”
  • 02/11/1997 Andrew Ball (piano) [9,15]
    York Arts Centre, York, UK
    The Late Music Festival ’97
  • 19/12/1997 Nicola Ventrella (piano) [7,66,72, 76,77,81,86,88]
    Teatro Giusepe Verdi, Pisa, Italy
  • 08/02/1998 Carlo Grante (piano) [16]
    Amici della Musica, Auditorium Cesare Pollini, Padua, Italy
  • ??/??/1998 Carlo Grante (piano) [16]
    Conservatorio Duni, Matera, Italy
  • 19/04/1998 Carlo Grante (piano) [?]
    Teatro Ghione, Rome, Italy
  • 18/10/1998 Carlo Grante (piano) [1,4,7,9,16,19,86,31]
    Wigmore Hall, London, UK
  • ??/??/1998 Nicola Ventrella (piano) [7,66,72,76,81,86,88]
    , Rome, Italy
  • 13/11/1999 Giampaolo Nuti (piano) [17,18]
    Sala Maggiore, Convento degli Agostiniani, Empoli, Italy
    Convegno Internazionale di Studi “Ferruccio Busoni e il Pianoforte del Novecento”
  • 20/11/1999 Nicola Ventrella (piano) [17,36,66,76,81,83,85,88,95]
    Auditorium “Concordia”, Treviso, Italy
  • ??/??/1999 Nicola Ventrella (piano) [?]
    , Bari, Italy
  • 24/03/2000 Carlo Grante (piano) [3]
    Auditorium ‘Di Vittorio’ della Camera del Lavoro, Milano, Italy
    Associazione Culturale Secondo Maggio — Musica & Atelier
  • 22/05/2000 Giampaolo Nuti (piano) [7,17,18]
    , Firenze, Italy
  • 24/02/2002 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,3]
    St Thomas’s Church, Vallingby, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 27/04/2002 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,3,4,5]
    Dance Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 16/06/2002 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,3,4,5]
    Home of Daphne and Charles Maurer, Dundas, Canada
  • 15/07/2002 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
    Taubman Festival, Williamstown MA, USA
  • 20/07/2002 Carlo Grante (piano) [1]
    The Breakers(?), Newport, Rhode Island, USA
    XXXIV Newport Music Festival
  • 01/02/2003 Jonathan Powell (piano) [4,84]
    Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
    “Rondom Kaikhosru Sorabji”
  • 15/02/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,13,14,17,18]
    Allhelgonakyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 12/04/2003 Alexander Abercrombie (piano) [52,70]
    St. Anne’s Parish Church, Lytham St. Anne’s, UK
  • 14/04/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,4,13,17,18]
    Pick-Staiger Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago IL, USA
  • 18/05/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [59]
    Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France
  • 21/06/2003 Jean-Jacques Schmid (piano) [1,14,17]
    Fêtes de Musique de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
  • 09/07/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,4,13,17,18,19,20,21,22]
    Yxtaholm Castle, Yxtaholm, Sweden
  • 11/08/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [20,22,25,26,31,37,59]
    Musikföreningen Crescendo, Norrköping, Sweden
  • 12/08/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [4,10,65,66,67,81,89]
    Byärka-Säby Castle, Byärka-Säby, Sweden
  • 17/08/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22, 25,26,28,31,32,34,37,40,49,50,52,59,66,67,75,76,81,83,88,92]
    Rolf-Liebermann Studio (NDR), Hamburg, Germany
    Schleswig-Holstein Festival
  • 23/08/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,2,3,4,6,10,13,17,18]
    Rittersaal/Konzertsaal, Schloß vor Husum, Husum, Germany
    Raritäten der Klaviermusik
  • 10/09/2003 Jean-Jacques Schmid (piano) [1,9,14,17]
    Konzertsaal, Hochschule der Künste Bern, Bern, Switzerland
    Bern Biennale
  • 10/10/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,4,10,13,16,18]
    Zinnia Festival, Sundsvall, Sweden
  • 17/10/2003 Jean-Jacques Schmid (piano) [1,9,14,17]
    Bösendorfer Jubilee Exhibition, Epalinges, Switzerland
  • 19/10/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [10,13,22,26]
    Pro Musica Chamber Music Society, Karlshamn, Sweden
  • 05/11/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [16,18,31,34]
    , Lundsbrunn, Sweden
  • 20/11/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,13,26]
    Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
    “Houses” (choreographic presentation)
  • 21/11/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,13,26]
    Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
    “Houses” (choreographic presentation)
  • 22/11/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1,13,26]
    Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
    “Houses” (choreographic presentation)
  • 01/12/2003 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [?]
    SMI, Stockholm, Sweden
    Lecture-Recital “Openings”
  • 22/09/2005 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [23,25,26,29,30,31]
    Bærum Kulturhus, Sandvika, Norway
    Sandvika Master Series
  • 04/01/2006 Kentaro Noda (piano) [99,100]
    Nakameguro GT Plaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • 22/03/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [31,34,35,37]
    Music Conservatory, Falun, Sweden
  • 19/08/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [34,35,37,41,43,59]
    Teatro La Fenice, Amandola, Italy
    PerPianoSolo Festival
  • 19/07/2007 Kentaro Noda (piano) [97,98]
    Matsuo Steinway-Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 08/08/2007 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [20]
    La Fenice Theatre, Amandola, Italy
  • 07/10/2008 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [4,10,13,66,83]
    Berlin Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany
  • 08/10/2008 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [4/10/13/66/83]
    Steinway Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 02/11/2008 Kentaro Noda (piano) [44,73,77,80,96]
    Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
    6th Soudai Piano Ashura Festival
  • 20/11/2008 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [4/10/13/66]
    Studio 3, Swedish Radio, Stockholm, Sweden
    Samtida Music Society
  • 25/03/2010 Simon Mawhinney (piano) [18]
    Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    “Moving On Music” Festival
  • 09/04/2011 Jørgen Hald Nielsen (piano) [79]
    Academy of Music, Esbjerg, Denmark
  • 12/04/2011 Jørgen Hald Nielsen (piano) [79]
    Royal Jutish Academy of Music, Âlborg, Denmark
  • 16/04/2011 Jørgen Hald Nielsen (piano) [79]
    Schott Recital Room, London, UK
  • 15/02/2013 Florian Steininger (piano) [94]
    Musentempel, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 26/05/2013 Florian Steininger (piano) [94]
    Schott Recital Room, London, UK
  • 10/09/2013 Sid Samberg (piano) [38]
    Queen of Angels Church, Chicago, IL, USA
    “Chicago Soundings” series
  • 01/02/2014 Florian Steininger (piano) [69]
    Musentempel, Karlsruhe, Germany

Broadcasts etc.

  • 24/02/1989 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (piano) [26]
    NOS (Nederlandse Omroeprogramma Stichting), Hilversum, Netherlands [B]
  • 06/12/1995 Carlo Grante (piano) [7,31]
    WFMT (Radio), Chicago IL, USA [B]
    Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
  • 14/02/2003 Jonathan Powell (piano) [4,84]
    NPS (Nederlandse Programma Stichting), Hilversum, Netherlands [B]
    “NPS in de Middag” (broadcast of part of concert given on 01/02/2003)
  • 21/02/2005 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [75x]
    Swedish Radio, Channel 2, Stockholm, Sweden [B]
  • 15/06/2005 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [?]
    Swedish National Radio, channel P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
  • 09/07/2005 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [13]
    Swedish National Radio, channel P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    På blanka förmiddagen
  • 20/08/2005 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [1]
    Swedish National Radio, channel P2, Stockholm, Sweden [B]
    På blanka förmiddagen
  • 22/09/2005 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [31x]
    NRK, Oslo, Norway [B]
  • 25/03/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [x]
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [+B]
    “CD Review” programme
  • 24/04/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [x]
    Swedish Radio, P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    “Aurora” programme
  • 25/04/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [x]
    Swedish Radio, P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    “Aurora” programme
  • 26/04/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [x]
    Swedish Radio, P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    “Aurora” programme
  • 27/04/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [x]
    Swedish Radio, P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    “Aurora” programme
  • 28/04/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [x]
    Swedish Radio, P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    “Aurora” programme
  • 13/05/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [x]
    Swedish Radio, P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    “CD Review” programme
  • 19/07/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [3,4,20]
    ABC Classic FM, , Australia [+B]
  • 17/09/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [?x]
    Swedish Radio, P2, Stockholm, Sweden [+B]
    “Kalejdoskop sen Musik” programme
  • 26/09/2006 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [7,23]
    , Bruxelles, Belgium [+B]
  • 13/05/2007 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [4,6]
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [+B]
    Iain Burnside's playlist
  • 29/01/2008 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [23]
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [+B]
  • 29/06/2008 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [6,7,8,9]
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [+B]
    Iain Burnside
  • 30/01/2009 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [4,5,6,7]
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [+B]
    James Jolly
  • 14/07/2013 Fredrik Ullén (piano) [7]
    BBC Radio 3, London, UK [B]
    Words and Music