Music. Its Secret Influence Throughout The Ages.
London: Rider & Co., (1933). First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 222 pp. Blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and blind rules to upper board; bibliography. Black and white frontispiece. An early - possibly first British - edition of this study of music and its links with higher states of consciousness by the English musician, author and occultist Cyril Meir Scott (1879–1970). Scott is now probably most widely remembered for his numerous musical compositions, and as the author of "The Initiate" series, a trilogy in which he told the story, supposedly based in fact, of a well-known Englishman of his acquaintance who was an initiate or adept of high attainment. "The role of music in the evolution of humanity Reveals how a hierarchy of initiates, evolved spiritual intelligences, and devas actively influenced the musical compositions of geniuses to transmit great truths through music Explores the influence of the classical composers Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, and Strauss--from Beethoven's influence on the creation of psychoanalysis to Chopin's musical influence on the emancipation of women Composer and author Cyril Scott explores the role of music in the evolution of humanity and shows how it has pushed human evolution forward. He explains that music has a profound effect on history, morals, and culture and is a more potent force in the molding of character than religious creeds or moral philosophies. Whereas mediocre musicians reflect only their own times, inspired ones help determine the character of the future. Exploring the works of classical composers such as Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Wagner, and Strauss, Scott reveals how their compositions were actively influenced by a hierarchy of initiates, evolved spiritual intelligences, and devas to make the way fertile for human spiritual evolution." (from Worldcat) A little rubbing at points of boards and head and tail of spine. Spine a little darkened. General modest shelf-wear. A little light foxing to rear endpapers, edges of text-block a little flecked, pages evenly toned, otherwise a tight, clean, VG+ copy rubbed and bumped with a little fraying; slightly cocked. Bookplate on front paste down; ink stamps on front and rear end papers; uneven browning to front free end paper; pages a little foxed; inner hinge loose but holding firmly. Overall, a solid VG- copy. No dust jacket. Item #69893