Opus Archimagicum

"Piano Sonata V" (1934-35)

Lasting a little over six hours, this is an extraordinary epic that takes the concept of a work for piano into another realm seldom experienced by listeners. It is a composition mysterious in nature because very few people have seen it in manuscript, yet it has the reputation of being among Sorabji’s most challenging works, surpassing the notorious “Opus Clavicembalisticum” in difficulty. Those who have studied it feel that it is one of Sorabji’s most unified compositions, solving problems encountered in the composer’s previous works while introducing new bafflements along the way. Ultimately, only the listener can unlock the mysteries to this vast, volcanic, and strangely beautiful work with a mystical programmatic subtext.

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