Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony
The inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony was, unsurprisingly, a trip to Scotland. Mendelssohn reportedly enjoyed his time in Edinburgh immensely, touring the highlands, meeting with famous writer Sir Walter Scott, and attending bagpipe competitions. Were Mendelssohn an ordinary tourist, he may have commemorated his travels with a souvenir or two, but he instead chose to write a symphony. Mendelssohn wrote the melody that would ultimately form his third symphony while in Scotland, although it was not until 13 years and two symphonies later that he finally finished what we now know as the Scottish Symphony. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra performs this work March 27th and 28th at Charleston Gaillard Center.