List of longest non-repetitive piano pieces

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This page attempts to list the longest non-repetitive piano pieces along with approximate duration and the number of pages they cover.

Works that have been performed and/or recorded[edit]

  • Jacob Mashak – Beatus Vir (about 11 hours; 53 pp. in proportional notation)[1]
    • A work for two pianos.
  • Frederic Rzewski – The Road (about 10 hours; MS: 539 pp.)[2][3]
    • Premiered by the composer, Ian Pace and several other pianists.[4]
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji – Symphonic Variations for Piano (about 9 hours; MS: 484 A3 pp.)[5]
    • Variation 56 (of 81) has been recorded by Michael Habermann and performed by Chappell Kingsland.[5]
  • Sorabji – Sequentia cyclica super "Dies irae" ex Missa pro defunctis (about 7 hours; MS: 335 A3 pp.)[6][7]
  • Sorabji – Études transcendantes (100) (about 7 hours; MS: 456 A3 pp.)[6][8]
    • The first 62 études have been recorded by Fredrik Ullén.[8] The études that have not been performed in public are Nos. 27, 33, 39, 42, 44–48, 51, 53–58, 60–64, 68, 71, 74, 78, 82, 87, 90, 91 and 93.[9]
  • Alvin Curran – Inner Cities 1–14 (about 6 hours)
    • Premiered and recorded by Daan Vandewalle.
  • Michael Finnissy – The History of Photography in Sound (about 5½ hours; ED: 365 pp.)[10][11]
    • Premiered and recorded by Ian Pace.[10][12]
    • Performed by Mark Knoop.[13]
  • Sorabji – Piano Symphony No. 6, Symphonia claviensis (about 4¾ hours; MS: 270 A3 pp.)[14][15][6]
    • Premiered by Jonathan Powell.[14]
  • Sorabji – Piano Symphony No. 4 (about 4½ hours; MS: 240 A3 pp.)
  • Sorabji – Opus clavicembalisticum (about 4 hours; MS: 253 A3 pp.)[19][20]

Works that have not been performed nor recorded yet[edit]

  • Sorabji – Sonata No. 5 (Opus archimagicum) (about 6 hours; MS: 336 A3 pp.)[22][23]
  • Sorabji – Piano Symphony No. 0 (about 5½ hours; MS: 333 A3 pp.)[24][25]
  • Sorabji – Piano Symphony No. 1 (Tāntrik) (about 4½ hours; MS: 284 A3 pp.)[26]
  • Sorabji – Piano Symphony No. 2 (about 4½ hours; MS: 248 A3 pp.)[27]
  • Sorabji – Symphonic Nocturne for Piano Alone (about 2 hours; MS: 113 A3 pp.)[28]
    • To be premiered by Lukas Huisman in 2016 at the latest.[29]
    • Although the estimated duration of this work is only around 2 hours, it is in one continuous movement, such a duration being unusual even for Sorabji to be presented in a single movement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mus.ulaval.ca/roberge/srs/os/opussorabjianum-1.06.zip
  2. ^ "Who we are - Frederic Rzewski". Musikeon. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  3. ^ Free scores by Frederic Rzewski at the International Music Score Library Project
  4. ^ "Trinity College of Music Festivals May 2006". Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Compositions: KSS59 Symphonic Variations", The Sorabji Archive.
  6. ^ a b c "Performed Works and Timings", Sorabji Resource Site.
  7. ^ a b "Compositions: KSS71 Sequentia cyclica super Dies iræ", The Sorabji Archive.
  8. ^ a b "Compositions: KSS66 100 Transcendental Studies", The Sorabji Archive.
  9. ^ Sorabji Resource Site: First Performances of the Études transcendantes
  10. ^ a b "History of Photography", IanPace.com.
  11. ^ Finnissy, Michael (2004). The History of Photography in Sound. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-372648-2.
  12. ^ Finnissy Michael The History Of Sound Ian Pace Metier 5Cds
  13. ^ "Performances between 1993 and 2004", MarkKnoop.com.
  14. ^ a b The Sorabji Archive — Compositions — KSS95 Piano Symphony No. 6 Symphonia Claviensis
  15. ^ Sorabji Resource Site: Works with Alternate or Previous Titles
  16. ^ Sorabji Resource Site: Performed Works and Timings
  17. ^ Sorabji Resource Site: Works Ordered by Number of Pages
  18. ^ The Sorabji Archive — Compositions — KSS85 Piano Symphony No. 4
  19. ^ "Timings of Recorded Performances of Opus clavicembalisticum", Sorabji Resource Site.
  20. ^ a b c d "Compositions: KSS50 Opus Clavicembalisticum", The Sorabji Archive.
  21. ^ Madge's two recordings (released by Keytone Records and BIS Records respectively) were taken from live performances.
  22. ^ ""Piano Sonata V" (1934-35)", Opus Archimagicum.
  23. ^ "Compositions: KSS58 Piano Sonata No. 5 Opus Archimagicum", The Sorabji Archive.
  24. ^ The Sorabji Archive — Compositions — KSS51 Symphony II for piano, large orchestra, organ, chorus and solo voices
  25. ^ Sorabji Resource Site: Linguistic, Terminological, and Musical Problems in Titles of Works
  26. ^ The Sorabji Archive — Compositions — KSS60 Piano Symphony No. 1 Tāntrik
  27. ^ The Sorabji Archive — Compositions — KSS75 Piano Symphony No. 2
  28. ^ "Compositions: KSS97 Symphonic nocturne", The Sorabji Archive.
  29. ^ Musical complexity: nature of limits and limits of nature - Hogeschool Gent