Sonata for Viola and Piano



Pages: 72 (iii, 50, comm.7, 12)



edited by Rupert Marshall-Luck




ISMN 979-0-708119-06-7






Cyril Scott’s Viola Sonata, completed in 1953, is, like all his output, a wholly individual work – Scott self-confessedly eschewed any ‘school’ of composition; and its principal preoccupation is with the colouring of melodic lines and with rhythmic development.  This exploration is, however, presented in a decidedly organised context, with relatively simple large-scale forms and the structural use of readily recognised features such as tempo changes making the Sonata a highly accessible work.


Hitherto unpublished, this new edition uses as its basis the composer’s autograph manuscript, generously made available by Desmond Scott. It is prepared to the highest modern standards of scholarship and includes an appended set of Editorial Notes, which incorporates full details of the sources used and bibliographic references; a Summary Explanation of Editorial Policy; and an Editorial Commentary, in which each alteration to the composer’s autograph is explained and the reasons for the alteration given.


The Sonata has been recorded by Rupert Marshall-Luck (viola) and Matthew Rickard (piano) for EM Records (EMR CD018); the disc also features Bantock’s Sonata nr 3 in C major for Violin and Piano and the Violin Sonata in D minor of Sacheverell Coke.

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