Mendelssohn was initially inspired to compose this symphony during his first visit to Britain in 1829. After a series of successful performances in London, Mendelssohn embarked on a walking tour of Scotland with his friend Karl Klingemann. On 30 July, Mendelssohn visited the ruins of Holyrood Chapel at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, where, as he related to his family in a letter, he received his initial inspiration for the piece:

Date of composition 1842 (1841-1842)
Premiered 1842, March 3rd in Leipzig, Germany by Felix Mendelssohn
First published 1842, Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig, Germany
Type Symphony
Tonality A Minor
Catalogue Op. 56
Approx. duration 36 minutes
Instruments Orchestra
In listings Famous Works
Autotranslations beta Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonie n°3 en la mineur, Op. 56 "Scottish"
Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia n. 3 in la minore, Op. 56 "Scottish"
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sinfonie Nr. 3 a-moll, Op. 56 "Scottish"