Cyril Scott composed the 'Three Lyrical Pieces' for violin and piano at the beginning of the 20th century and dedicated them to his friend, the violinist Paul Stoeving, professor at the Guildhall School of Music.
'Élégie' strikes a delicate salon-like tone which runs through the entire three-part cycle. It is especially in the melodic lines of the violin that a dedidedly poetic tonal language emerges. 'Romance' impresses with Impressionist plays of colours, especially on the piano. In 'Valse triste', the extravagant composer, who had become known not only by his compositions but by writings on philosophy, occultism and homeopathy as well, adds to the salon music character in three-four time with well-measured minor clouding.