The Cyril Scott Companion: Unity in Diversity
Edited by Desmond Scott, Lewis Foreman and Leslie De’Ath
The Boydell Press
First published 2018
Front cover image: Cyril Scott by George Hall-Neale, oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Cyril Scott (1879-1970) was an English composer, writer and poet. Educated at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt, and a member of the well-known ‘Frankfurt Gang,’ he was a close friend of Norman O’Neill and his wife Adine who performed many of his early piano pieces. A prolific composer and professional pianist he wrote some four hundred works including symphonies, concerti, songs and operas. A true polymath – his books on alternative medicine, occultism and theosophy being highly successful – he was a controversial figure in his own day and despite his early success ( he was admired by Stravinsky, Debussy, Strauss and Percy Grainger, a life-long friend ) he was all but forgotten in his own life-time. This Companion reflects a reviving interest in his work: consisting of a series of contributions from specialist musicologists and other authorities and the personal reminiscences of friends and his son Desmond, it has a broad scope and is of interest to the general reader and scholar alike in bringing into focus this remarkable artist and his times. In addition there is a Catalogue of Music, Discography and Bibliography.
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