The Cyril Scott Companion

The Cyril Scott Companion

Unity in Diversity

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

Hardback
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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

This Companion provides a comprehensive analysis and appraisal of all of Scott's available (published and unpublished) music and a broad picture of his entire output in literary, dramatic and philosophical genres.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. Often performing 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 A true polymath, Scott was also the author of forty-one books, including two autobiographies and one unpublished memoir, on subjects ranging from music, alternative medicine and humour to occultism, theosophy and Christianity.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, the volume 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 his Times (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 is Professor, 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

Details

October 2018
34 colour, 27 black and white, 101 line illustrations
722 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783272860
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVGC6, 1DBK, 2AB, 3JJ
BISAC MUS006000
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Table of Contents

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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