Cyril Scott

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  • That from the Occult viewpoint the basic truths of all the great religions are the same, differing only in their outer manifestations.
  • That there is no such thing as the supernatural, but only the supernormal;
  • That Spirit is Matter in its rarest aspect and Matter is Spirit in its varying degrees grossest form.
  • That Occultism embraces Karma (the law of cause and effect) and Reincarnation.
  • That there is a Hierarchy of those who, after many incarnations have evolved more than the great majority of humanity.
  • These Initiates, Sages, or Masters seek to further the spiritual evolution of all humanity by inspiring the best in philosophical, religious, scientific, ideological and artistic trends. But as Man has a measure of free will they always seek to guide and never to coerce.

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Scott was born in Oxton, Cheshire on 27th September 1879, and died in 1970. He was a poet, author, composer, and esotericist.

In 1920 he wrote the first volume of an extremely popular trilogy of books called “the Initiate”. The second and third volumes, The Initiate in the New World and The Initiate in the Dark Cycle followed in 1927 and 1932. They remain in print today, are still being translated into different languages, and have been optioned for a film. Another book, again largely governed by his Occult beliefs was Music, Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages. In it he states that certain composers throughout history have been inspired by Initiates and by one in particular, Master K.H. He also wrote extensively on Alternative Medicine.

For his music, Scott was essentially a late romantic composer, whose style was at the same time strongly influenced by impressionism. His harmony was notably exotic. If in his early works it was perhaps over-sweet (Alban Berg dismissed his music as 'mushy'), it became steadily more varied and more refined in his later years. It is his late works that are the most individual, with their ever-shifting harmonic colours and wayward inflections of phrase and mood, capturing perfectly the way the mind shifts, backwards and forwards, between reminiscence, regrets, and self-assertion.

Scott wrote around four hundred works (though half of these were short songs or piano pieces). These include two mature symphonies, three operas, three piano concertos, concertos for violin, cello, oboe and harpsichord, and three double concertos (of which the scores are now lost), several overtures, four oratorios, and much chamber music (four mature quartets, five violin sonatas, three piano trios, and many others). Between 1903 and 1920 Scott wrote copiously for the piano. Most of these pieces were harmonically adventurous for their time and easy to play; they circulated widely in many countries of the world, in contrast to his more ambitious works, none of which received more than a handful of performances.

Although he was successful in all fields in his day, he is mostly out of fashion now, but there are 3 or 4 CD releases every year including some of his compositions

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