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Lionel Harrison
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« Reply #2520 on: July 31, 2021, 09:05:31 am »

Cyril Scott: Complete Piano Sonatas    /Leslie D'eath            Dutton

Not everyone warms to his music;but I like some of Scott's music. Particularly his chamber & instrumental music. I think he was at his best when he was composing for smaller forces. I find some of his Piano music a very interesting,intriguing and often fascinating,listening experience. Late at night it can even seem quite hypnotic in effect! Often influenced by exotic subject's. There are French & Russian influences;but it also sounds very english & like Cyril Scott,really!! I think his piano music is an important contribution to British music of the period,and I think it's,frankly,shocking and a bit of a disgrace that it was neglected so long! Other's may (will,no doubt!) disagree! I have every volume of Dutton's survey,'The Complete Piano Music'. And what a great name! Leslie D'eath! Why I can't I have a surname like that? Dafydd D'eath! (Actually,that sounds daft!! Roll Eyes Grin)

I agree with all you say about Cyril Scott. It is a disgrace that he was neglected for so long but his re-emergence as a significant voice seems to have come in fits and starts. I wonder if it is because of the variety of French, Russian and exotic influences that you refer to: on limited hearings, he may seem too eclectic for his own good. I first became acquainted with him as a young teenager when my progressive piano teacher gave me the Three Little Waltzes op 58 to learn and he has been a companion ever since (Scott, that is, not my piano teacher  Cheesy).
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