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Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op 56 "Scotch" 2nd movement Mendelssohn Help Opus Details
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Mendelssohn was quite a frequent visitor to the British Isles, in fact he went there 10 times during his lifetime. He first wrote down some sketches for this 3rd symphony whilst on holiday in Scotland, in 1829. At the time, he was brooding over the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots. However, he did not finish the symphony until 1841, some 12 years later! Appropriately, he accorded it the subtitle Scotch. In 1842 he returned to London, where he had his new work played to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who had become his friends.

This lively theme of the second movement, played by the clarinets, illustrates the so-called "Scottish snap", which Mendelssohn enjoyed using to invoke a Scottish atmosphere. It consists of a dotted note preceded by a shorter note, for example, a quaver followed by a dotted crotchet.
Category: Symphony Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 2 /4 Key Signature   F Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    Main theme of 2nd movement is a lively tune introduced by the clarinet.
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