Books about Cyril Scott


The Aesthetic Life of Cyril Scott

  • Author: Sarah Collins
  • First Published: 21 Mar 2013
  • 13 Digit ISBN: 9781843838074
  • Pages: 280
  • Size: 23.4 x 15.6
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Imprint: Boydell Press
  • Subject: Music
  • BIC Class: AV


  1. Introduction
  2. Matters of Biography and Autobiography
  3. "Music, Melancholy, Apprehension, Sex, and the Church"
  4. "An Artist-Autocrat of the Most Pronounced Type"
  5. "The Most Absorbing and Romantic Interest of My Present Incarnation"
  6. Music: Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages
  7. The Immortal Artist
  8. Theory and Practice
  9. Epilogue
  10. Select Bibliography

Prolific and personable, innovative and contentious, Cyril Scott (1879 - 1970) was considered to be one of the most promising young talents in modern British music at the turn of the twentieth century. He was a member of the 'Frankfurt Group' (together with Percy Grainger, Norman O'Neill, Roger Quilter and Balfour Gardiner), his music was performed by some of the leading conductors of the time in Britain and on the Continent, and his friends included highly influential figures in European literature, art and politics. Apart from his music, Scott was the author of many books on alternative medicine, psychology, Occultism, Theosophy and comparative religion. He also wrote fiction, autobiography, and poetry. Scott embodied a unique time in a particularly unique way. His aesthetic ideas informed both his professional creative practice and his manner of living. He was not merely a composer, but an artist in the broadest possible sense of the term.

This book provides the first comprehensive account of Scott's life and influences as well as an outline and contextualization of his aesthetic thinking. It traces his changing conception of the function of art and the role of the artist from his formative exposure to Symbolism through his friendship with the German poet Stefan George, to his exploration of Western and Eastern esoteric traditions, showing how the prevailing cross-pollination of ideas allowed him to develop a fully integrated rationale for his art and life. The story of Scott's development guides the reader through some of the most fascinating intellectual discourses of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Europe.

Sarah Collins' current research focuses on British music aesthetics and criticism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She has a particular interest in the interaction between turn-of-the-century conceptions of the function of criticism, theories of critical intuition and questions of moral philosophy. She lectured at the University of Queensland from 2006 and joined the faculty of Monash University in 2012.


Music and Empire in Britain and India: Identity, Internationalism, and Cross-Cultural Communication

  • Bob van der Linden
  • Print Pub Date: August 2013
  • Online date: September 2013
  • Publisher Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
  • ISBN 1137311657, 9781137311658
  • Length 232 pages

Partly because of academic disciplinary boundaries, music remains a neglected subject in British Imperial history and, indeed, intellectual history at large. Nonetheless, the imperial encounter was, as this richly detailed new study demonstrates, a sound exercise, and music was a key dimension of identity formation as well as transnational networks and transcultural communication between colonizer and colonized. Specifically, it explores the ways in which rational, moral, and aesthetic motives underlying the institutionalization and modernization of 'classical' music converged and diverged in Britain and India out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. In addition, it tracks subversive, internationalist counter-movements that challenged nationalist musical establishments - as well as the openness of some Britons and Indians to the possibility of learning from each other. Ranging from the groundbreaking folk music research and compositions of Percy Grainger to Sikh sacred music, this study opens up new areas for research by applying music as a lens through which to examine societal and intellectual change.


Cyril Scott: A Bio-Bibliography
(Bio-Bibliographies in Music)

  • Author: Laurie J. Sampsel
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group (April 30, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0313293473
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Dimensions (in inches): 1.21 x 9.56 x 6.38
  • Limited availabilty

This reference guide to the life and work of the prolific British composer, Cyril Scott, includes a brief biography and detailed bibliography and discography sections. Sometimes referred to as the British Debussy, Scott was one of the first English composers to incorporate a noticeable modern style. He composed in virtually every genre and for every instrument and ensemble. His works, as detailed in the discography, include three operas, two symphonies, five concertos, chamber music, piano music, and over 100 songs. The bibliography section includes writings both by and about Scott.

About the Author
LAURIE J. SAMPSEL is Head of the Music Library at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Cyril Scott and His Piano Music

  • Author: Ian Parrott
  • Publisher: Thames Publishing
  • ISBN: 0905210808
  • Paperback
  • Limited availabilty

Emeritus Professor Ian Parrott MA, D Mus, FTCL, ARCO, FRSA held the Gregynog Chair of Music at Aberystwyth from 1950 until his retirement in 1983. Ian Parrott was an authority on British music and his books include Elgar for the Master Musicians series, as well as volumes on Peter Warlock and Cyril Scott.


Cyril Scott and a Hidden School: Towards the Peeling of an Onion

  • Author: Jean Overton Fuller
  • Publisher: Theosophical History Occasional Papers Vol VII
  • ISBN: 1883279070
  • Limited availabilty


Cyril Scott: Composer, Poet and Philosopher

  • Author: Arthur Eaglefield Hull
  • Library of Music and Musicians Best Books
  • January 2001
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 0722255209
  • Limited availabilty


So What: The Life of Miles Davis

  • Author John F. Szwed
  • Edition illustrated, reprint, revised
  • Publisher Arrow, 2003
  • ISBN 009928183X, 9780099281832
  • Length 488 pages


Castles Made of Sound  The Story of Gil Evans

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 16 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306809451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306809453
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm