The Cyril Scott Companion
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722 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

34 colour. 27 b/w. 101 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Cyril Scott Companion

Unity in Diversity

Edited by Desmond Scott, Lewis Foreman and Leslie De'Ath

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This Companion provides a comprehensive analysis and appraisal of all of Scott's available (published and unpublished) music and a broad picture of his entire output in literary, dramatic and philosophical genres.
Cyril Scott (1879-1970) was an English composer, writer and poet. He was a prolific composer-pianist writing over 400 works including four symphonies, three operas and concerti for piano, violin, cello, oboe and harpsichord. Oftenperforming his own compositions he became a pioneer of British piano music, and his music was admired by composers as diverse as Debussy, Strauss, Stravinsky and Percy Grainger, the last a lifelong friend. A true polymath, Scottwas also the author of forty-one books, including two autobiographies and one unpublished memoir, on subjects ranging from music, alternative medicine and humour to occultism, theosophy and Christianity. In addition, he wrote poems and plays and painted watercolours.
This Companion explores the life and work of this remarkably creative man. It provides a comprehensive analysis and appraisal of all the available music and includes a complete catalogue of his musical works, along with a discography. Several works completely unknown to the musical world, both music and literary (such as the memoir 'Near the End of Life'), are here newly catalogued and discussed. Altogether, thevolume gives a broad picture of Scott's entire output in literary, dramatic and philosophical genres.

LEWIS FOREMAN has published many books and articles on music. His Boydell titles include Bax: A Composer and hisTimes (2007), The John Ireland Companion (2011) and with Susan Foreman Felix Aprahamian (2015).
DESMOND SCOTT is the son of Cyril Scott. He was an actor, theatre director and TV writer. He is also a sculptor and past-President of the Sculptors Society of Canada. He has contributed to The New Percy Grainger Companion (Boydell Press, 2010) and has published articles in musical journals on Cyril Scott.
LESLIE DE'ATH isProfessor, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, a pianist, conductor and opera director. He has recorded Scott's complete solo piano music for Dutton.
Contributors: PETER ATKINSON, MARTYN BRABBINS, LESLIE DE'ATH, PETER DICKINSON, LEWIS FOREMAN, KATHERINE HUDSON, VALERIE LANGFIELD , KURT LELAND, STEPHEN LLOYD, STEVEN MARTIN, ROHINTEN DADDY MAZDA, RICHARD PRICE, EDMUND RUBBRA, DESMOND SCOTT, MARTIN YATES
Preface - Desmond Scott
Foreword - Martyn Brabbins
From Frankfurt with Love - friendships observed through correspondence and reminiscence - Stephen Lloyd
Cyril Scott, Debussy and Stravinsky - Richard M Price
Cyril Scott and the BBC - Lewis Foreman
A Contemporary Composer's View of Cyril Scott's Music: 'The Subtle Composer of the Prize-winning Overture' - Edmund Rubbra
'Music for the Martians': Scott's reception and reputation at home and abroad - Peter Atkinson
Rose Allatini: theme and variations - Desmond Scott
Memories of the Man I Barely Knew - Desmond Scott
Discovering, Editing and Recording Cyril Scott - Martin Yates
'Years of Indiscretion' - the early piano works, 1898 to 1909 - Leslie De'Ath
'Like a Bird Sings': the piano works from the Op 66 Sonata to World War I - Leslie De'Ath
The Later Piano Works - Leslie De'Ath
The Twenty-First Century Orchestral Recordings: the shock of the unknown - Peter Dickinson
The Chamber Music - Kurt Leland
Cyril Scott's Operas and Music for the Theatre - Steven Martin
The Choral Works - Leslie De'Ath
The Songs of Cyril Scott - Valerie Langfield
The Poetry of Cyril Scott - Desmond Scott
The Occult Writings - Kurt Leland
The Purpose of 'The Boy Who Saw True' - Desmond Scott
'Near the End of Life: Candid Confessions and Reflections': a discussion of the memoir - Desmond Scott
Cyril Scott's Theraputic Books - Desmond Scott
Childishness or The Moron Mind - Desmond Scott
A Note on the Plays of Cyril Scott - Desmond Scott
Cyril Scott, a Personal Memory - Katherine Hudson
Reminiscences of Cyril Scott - Rohinten Daddy Mazda
BBC Ninetieth Birthday Tribute - Edmund Rubbra
Appendix 1: The Songs: misprints and high/low voice variants - Valerie Langfield
Appendix 2: Chronology of Works Published During Scott's lifetime - Leslie De'Ath
Catalogue of Scott's Music - Leslie De'Ath and Desmond Scott
Discography - Leslie De'Ath and Stephen Lloyd
Scott's Opus Numbers - Leslie De'Ath
Scott's Non-Musical Writings - Leslie De'Ath
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"Superb...well worth the read for scholar and layman alike. It is a fascinating account of this master musician." STRINGENDO, THE AUSTRALIAN STRINGS ASSOCIATION
"Throughout its pages, the Companion brings new facts and insights to the fore. For many years to come it will remain the key reference work for those fascinated by this remarkable man and his music a true companion indeed!" Bob Van der Linden, NABMSA REVIEWS
"Very fine, informative and absorbing...One of English music's most enigmatic diverse and misunderstood figures." SPIRITED, ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL MAGAZINE
"The Companion has clearly been a labour of love for all involved and it has paid off. It is elegantly laid out and illustrated with illuminating musical examples and photographic images. There is none of the impenetrable academic writing that so often mars books of this type and it is eminently readable." BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY

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Title Details

722 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

34 colour. 27 b/w. 101 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press