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The World's Greatest Music
Katherine ventures into 18th and 19th century Europe to discover three of the great composers of the Classical Era – Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
The British loved Felix Mendelssohn and he in return loved Britain. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert met the composer and very much admired his music. Like the royals, Mendelssohn was very taken by Scotland and two of his most famous works were inspired by it: the Scottish Symphony and his Hebrides overture, known as Fingal's Cave. Fingal's Cave is on Staffa, one of the Hebrides’ islands off Scotland’s west coast. Mendelssohn was so overawed by the cave when he visited that he sent a postcard to his family with the opening phrase of the overture written out on it, saying that this tune came into his head while he was there.
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