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Scott, Cyril (Meir) (1879-1970)

Scott, Cyril (Meir) (1879-1970)

Eminent British composer, librettist, poet, author, and Theosophist. He was born on September 27, 1879, at Oxton, Birkenhead, England. He studied music at Frankfort-on-Main, Germany. He was only 21 when his Heroic Suite was first performed at Darmstadt, Germany, and launched him on a successful music career. He wrote for the piano, on which he also performed capably, as well as composing orchestral pieces, chamber and choral works, and violin studies. He composed an opera, The Alchemist, a ballet and a cantata, and songs and ballads. In addition he published several volumes of his poetry: The Celestial Aftermath, The Vales of Unity, and The Voice of the Ancient.

Scott was an outspoken Theosophist, and he gave much thought to the occult meanings of music, a topic to which only a few, for example, Corinne Helene, had given any consideration. He published his conclusions in the book Music; Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages (1933; enlarged ed. 1950), a volume dedicated to "Master Koot Hoomi Lal Singh and his pupil Nelsa Chaplin." It dealt with occult aspects of musical inspiration and the effects on the morals and aesthetics of different periods in history.

He also authored a series of books on the occult: The Initiate (1920), The Initiate in the New World (1927), and The Initiate in the Dark Cycle (1932). His autobiography, Memoirs, Entitled My Years of Indiscretion, appeared in 1924. He died December 31, 1970.

Sources:

Scott, Cyril. The Adept of Galilee. N.p., 1920.

. Bone of Contention N.p., 1969.

. The Christian Paradox. N.p., 1942.

. The Initiate. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1920; York Beach, Maine: St. Weiser, 1977.

. The Initiate in the Dark Cycle. N.p., 1932; 1977. Reprint, York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 1991.

. The Initiate in the New World. N.p., 1927; 1977. Reprint, York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 1991.

. Memoirs, Entitled My Years of Indiscretion. N.p., 1924.

. An Outline of Modern Occultism. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1935. Reprint, New York: Dutton, 1950.

. The Vision of the Nazarene. N.p., 1933.

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Scott, Cyril (Meir)

Scott, Cyril (Meir) (b Oxton, 1879; d Eastbourne, 1970). Eng. composer, poet, and pianist. Settled in Liverpool 1898 as pf. teacher. Composed Heroic Suite, cond. Richter in Liverpool and Manchester 1900, and First Sym. perf. in Darmstadt same year. Pf. quintet perf. London 1901 and 2nd Sym. (later rev. as 3 Symphonic Dances) cond. Wood 1903. Through terms of publisher's contract, wrote many short pf. pieces in impressionist style which earned him title of ‘English Debussy’ and reputation as miniaturist. Other works incl. vn. sonata (1908–10), notable for constant changes of time-signature, La Belle Dame sans merci for ch. and orch. (1915–16), opera The Alchemist (prod. Essen 1925), 2 other operas, sym. The Muses, (1939), 2 pf. concs. (1913–14, 1958), 3 vn. concs. (1927, 1935), 2-vn. conc., vc. conc., The Ballad of Fair Helen of Kirkconnel, bar., orch., 4 str. qts., 3 pf. sonatas, and 2 str. trios. Also wrote poetry and philosophical and medical books. Taught Rubbra comp.

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