The 100 Transcendental Studies for piano is Sorabji's second longest work with a total duration of at least seven hours. Written between 1940 and 1944, many of them are small in scale, but the entire cycle ends with two studies of more than 45 minutes' duration each. The title of the work alludes to Liszt's famous set of concert studies, and other obvious influences are Scriabin, Busoni and Godowski. In his use of evolving patterns of immense textural and rhythmic complexity, Sorabji exceeds all of his precursors by far.
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