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|
|Approx. duration||36 minutes|
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"