Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988) was a Parsi composer famous for many lengthy and difficult compositions. Chief among these works was the Opus Clavicembalisticum, a 402 hour work whose manuscript is approximately 60,000 or more pages in length. In all actuality, more and more pages of this seminal work are being discovered, as it appears Sorabji himself became frustrated with the work and threw it into the well in his backyard. Associates from the Sorabji Archive work tirelessly night and day pulling up and sorting out the pages from the well.
Early Life and Musical Beginnings
Sorabji was born in the summer of 1873 in the backwoods of Cheese, north of Essex, England. The doctors immediately noted his careless abandon and sardonic wit. However, this was soon to be outdone as he aged in an ever increasing conservative fashion, amounting to years of tireless labor and senseless maturity. At the age of 6 his belligerent father gave him lessons in the pianoforte, as well as solfege and composition. His first work was the unusually brief Sinfonia Excalibur Non Plus Lente, a work marred by useless syllables and a unerring sense of repetition and Parisian sensability. Despite valiant efforts from many people, a great surge of radical outpourings prompted the immediate publication and dismissal of this juvenile work.
First Creative Period (1918-1946)
Sorabji left his home dismayed and began a relationship with the painter Richard Flummox, which resulted in the creation of his first piece, the Immortal Variations for flute and soundboard. This was a rather unorthodox combination for Sorabji, but later came to be known as one of his least significant and remembered compositions. The death of the American president Abraham Lincoln prompted Sorabji to write his Gestures and Lectures, a symbolic summarization of Lincoln's presidency, which when revealed under the proper circumstances is a mortifying testament to the aspiritic genius that is Sorabji. After a hiatus of 12 years, Sorabji commenced work on the Opus Clavicembalisticum, a work that continues to baffle even the least enlightened of musical critics. Sorabji himself doubted the nature of this work and often complained of its length and technical severity. Nonetheless, he was an ardent admirer of the writings of Socrates.
Second Creative Period (????-????)
There is no Second Creative Period.
Third Creative Period (1947-1988)
The final period of creativity in this triptych is the third one. Here, Sorabji returns to a more classical sensability and has illuminated many problems that face society, not just himself. His Symphonic Variations was composed in a mere fortnight yet contains enough music to fill three of them. The concert pianist Baron von Liechtenstien has programmed this work in a series of "Horticultural Concerts" in Belgium and the Republic of Ireland. Sorabji's life was suddenly and effortlessly terminated December 25, 1988. This has led some to believe that Sorabji was in fact Jesus Christ masquerading as a composer and guru of wisdom teeth.