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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. Scott explains how humans are composed not only of a physical body, emotional body, and a mental body but also a sensation body that acts as the bridge between the physical realm and the hierarchy of initiates. Scott shows how the music of great composers affects not only those listening but also society as a whole--from Beethoven’s influence on the creation of psychoanalysis to Chopin’s musical influence on the emancipation of women.
Cyril Scott (1879-1970) was an English composer, writer, and poet. The youngest student of his time accepted to The Hoch Conservatorium in Frankfurt, Germany, Scott was hailed at the beginning of the 20th century as the father of modern British music. He wrote several other books, including An Outline of Modern Occultism, The Great Awareness, and The Initiate trilogy.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Desmond Scott
Part I Preliminary What Is Inspiration?
1 The Problem of Musicality 2 The Problems of Pure Music and Soloism 3 The Problems of Inspiration and Invention 4 Inspired and Uninspired Composers 5 The Esoteric Source of This Book 6 The Effects of Sound and Music
Part II Biographical, Analytical, Aesthetical The Influence of Genius on Daily Life
7 George Frederick Handel and the Victorian Era 8 Comparisons between the Influence of Handel and Bach 9 Beethoven, Sympathy and Psychoanalysis 10 The Mendelssohnian Sympathy 11 Frédéric Chopin, the Apostle of Refinement 12 Chopin, the Pre-Raphaelites and the Emancipation of Women 13 Robert Schumann and the Child-Nature 14 The Effects of Wagner’s Music 15 Richard Strauss and Individualism
Part III Esoteric Considerations The Music of the Deva or Nature-Spirit Evolution
16 Musicians and the Higher Powers 17 The Occult Constitution of Man 18 César Franck, the Bridge between the Humans and the Devas 19 Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Delius 20 Debussy and Ravel 21 Scriabin, a Deva-Exponent 22 The Ultra-Discordants and Their Effects 23 Moussorgsky and the Sublimation of Ugliness 24 Popular Music and Its Various Effects 25 Musicians and Their Subtler Bodies
Part IV Historical Melody and Harmony from Pre-Egyptian Times to Nineteenth-Century England
26 The Beginnings of Music and Religion 27 Effects of Music on the Indian People 28 The Music and Character of the Ancient Egyptians 29 The Greeks and Their Music 30 The Romans and Their Music 31 Effects of Descant and the Folk Song 32 Polyphony and Its Effects 33 Music and the Reformation 34 The Music of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 35 A Cursory View of Musical Effects in England from the Pre-Elizabethan Days to Those of Handel
Part V Some Occult Prognostications Toward Beauty and Mystery