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Kaikhosru Sorabji Music Scores

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 23 Sep 2009

Biographical History

Kaikhosru Sorabji (1892-1988) was an English composer and critic. Born Leon Dudley, he changed his name as a result of his interest in the Parsi (Zoroastrian) community. His compositions were unusual, sometimes employing as many as seven staves. He performed across Europe in the 1920s and 1930s but in 1940 announced a ban on all performances of his music without his express permission, though he continued to compose (he lifted the ban in 1976). He was also active as an essayist and critic.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kaikhosru Sorabji Music Scores consist of four original music scores, in his own hand. The scores range in length from a single page to nearly a hundred pages. Titles are given exactly as written by Sorabji on the manuscripts, as best as they can be read.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is in no particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the collections of a number of composers. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Sorabji, Kaikhosru Shapurji, 1892-1988.


Piano music.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Kaikhosru Sorabji Music Scores,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Norman Gentieu, 1982.

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