Cyril Scott (1879-1970) was a remarkable
English composer. He came from a cultural family; his father was a classical scholar, his mother a fine amateur musician. Having displayed a natural penchant for music as a child, he was sent to Frankfurt am Main at age 12 to study with Vzielli and Engelbert Humperdinck, remaining there for a year and a half before returning to England. He once again went to Frankfurt am Main in 1895 to study piano and theory with Iwan Knorr. Scott acquired fame mainly as a composer of some exotically flavoured piano pieces, of which "Lotus Land" became a perennial favorite.
In many of his pieces, Scott showed himself a master of musical miniature. He wrote in a distinctly modern idiom, very much in the style of French Impressionism; employed sonorous parallel progressions of unresolved dissonant chords; made frequent use of the whole-tone scale. His writing for piano is ingratiating in its idiomatic mastery; his harmonious modalities exude an aura of perfumed euphony.
From his early youth, Cyril Scott was attracted to occult sciences, and was a believer in the reality of the supernatural; he published books and essays on music as a divinely inspired art, and inveighed violently against jazz as the work of Satan.
Scott left no original organ music, but there are 2 books of fine transcriptions. The first, from which this is taken, were done by Arthur Wormald Pollitt, Mus.D. (Dunelm) (1878-1933). He was a chorister at Manchester Cathedral; studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music, and. Assistant organist of Manchester Cathedral.
Alpine Sketch No. 2 is brief, evocative and attractive with it's "miniature" horn-calls. It features the Cor Anglais of the Solo. The few measures that make up the "middle section" are harder than they may seem/sound... ;-)
The score is attached below, as well as photos of Cyril Scott, and a photo of Manchester Cathedral where Pollitt was a chorister and later Assistant Organist.