Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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Scotland's Finest: 15 musical heroes that put Scotland on the classical map
2. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Mendelssohn’s three-week tour around Scotland in the summer of 1829 took him to Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Fort William, Oban and the Western Isles. It was there, on 7 August, that he was inspired to write his Hebrides Overture. And he noted down the opening theme for his Scottish Symphony during a visit to Holyrood Palace. Interestingly, the symphony does not make use of Scottish tunes.