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Music: Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages Hardcover – 1946


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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: David McKay (1946)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F5OMNA
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,986,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parsifal II on November 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's more than a review of history of music. It open your eyes to see and understand how music influence in countries, and how music has been used by those Higher Powers that guide mankind through evolution.
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This volume is sourced/foot-noted in several of my "rock music is EEEVIL!" juvenile advice religious books. I managed to locate a copy of the 1958 edition, showing a 1978 printing...to read it.

Cyril Scott is a cult classical composer and his musical compositions are readily available; based on U.S. Billboard magazine his period of peak interest dates probably around 1947.

To hit the high points of Scott's philosophic eccentricity:

"Hierarchy of Great Sages, Initiates, Adepts, known as the Great White Lodge, which exercises such a mighty influence over the evolution of mankind" --pp. 30-31

"Master Koot Hoomi...resides in Shitatse." (the Himalayas, er, India or Nepal, I assume)
"His pupil, Nelsa Chaplin, a highly trained clairvoyant...who had been in close telepathic contact with Master Koot Hooti. This remarkable seeress...."
"...transport herself in spirit to the higher planes as well as to physical plane localities thousands of miles away." (p. 32)

Astral projection. "...fact of invisible thought-currents vibrating through the ether and 'picked up' by brains sufficiently sensitive...."

"For a great honour was hers: both the Master Koot Hoomi and the Master Jesus frequently overshadowed her and used her as Their medium. (It should be here mentioned that the Master Jesus is particularly interested in those occupied in the work of healing.)" (p. 34)

Akashic Records: "...past events impressed upon the ether, and only to be deciphered by highly trained clairvoyants."

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I have always been a lover of all kinds of music from down home country and western, to early rock, to jazz, to new age, to disco and of course classical music. Though I have never played a musical instrument or was involved in anyway with music, my father and brother were both singers and entertainers. My reading interests; however, have been wide ranging and I recently purchased two books on the topic of music. This first one "The Secret Power of Music" by David Tame was excellent and I learned a lot of very interesting things about the influence of music. I also purchased this book, "Music: Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages" by Cyril Scott.

It may be because this volume is somewhat dated (updated last in 1958) that I was not impressed with this book. This text is organized into five parts. Part one, Preliminary, has a forward to the new edition, the problems of musicality, the problems of pure music and soloism and other chapters. Part two covers the biographical, analytical and aesthetical areas of music. Part three deals with the esoteric considerations, the music of the deva or nature-spirit evolution. The fourth section explains the historical development of music throughout the ages. This for me was the most interesting section. The final part explores some occult prognostications.

In conclusion, I have always attempted to study anything with an objective and logical approach, using reason, logic and the scientific method to arrive at conclusions. There is my problem. The approach in this book explains music in a more mystical and esoteric way. This is not say there is not a spiritual aspects in a lot of music; however, I personally like a more scientific approach to any subject.

Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An Old Warrior's Poetic Tribute)
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 18, 2000
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Seems that the entire musical and literary work of Cyril Scott is a strong and simple thrust of "returning home" . But he wrote and composed during XX century, which moste precious objective was to " run forward". Nobody knows where. Just, purely, run forward. Such was the idea of all to many modern artists. That was not the idea of Cyril Scott. Therefore, he had a problem. How to compose music that "returned home", during the XX's century? How to creat something vivid, full of art-in-tension? Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner had metaforaly for some, literary for others - achieved this, using all "available quality". Nothing could besaid afterwards. Seemed as if the ray of music had completed it's journey. That is the reason why Cyril Scott music is, in a certain way, heroic. Not in tone, not in harmony, but in spiritual intention. We suspect that during the turn of XIX century to XX century, this iman was changed, by not-seen hands. And that Scott and few others simply registered the change. They only had to let the metal particles fall on to the white sheet of paper.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 18, 2000
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Who knows Cyril Scott Seems that the entire musical and literary work of Cyril Scott is a strong and simple thrust of "returning home" . But he wrote and composed during XX century, which moste precious objective was to " run forward". Nobody knows where. Just, purely, run forward. Such was the idea of all to many modern artists. That was not the idea of Cyril Scott. Therefore, he had a problem. How to compose music that "returned home", during the XX's century? How to creat something vivid, full of art-in-tension? Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner had metaforaly for some, literary for others - achieved this, using all "available quality". Nothing could besaid afterwards. Seemed as if the ray of music had completed it's journey. That is the reason why Cyril Scott music is, in a certain way, heroic. Not in tone, not in harmony, but in spiritual intention. We suspect that during the turn of XIX century to XX century, this iman was changed, by not-seen hands. And that Scott and few others simply registered the change. They only had to let the metal particles fall on to the white sheet of paper.
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