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Mendelssohn's travels around Scotland inspired some of his best compositions: the Hebrides Overture and the Scottish Symphony. But that didn't mean he liked the 'vulgar' local music he heard...
On his visit to Holyrood palace - the castle where Mary, Queen of Scots had lived - Mendelssohn visited the room where courtier David Rizzio was murdered. Rumours were rife that she had been having an adulterous affair with Rizzio. He was stabbed 56 times by Mary's husband Darnley and his accomplices.
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