Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel [PN 6823], 1843.
Octavo. Quarter dark green morocco with matching cloth boards, titling and date gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto performance notes, verso blank), 2ff., 240 pp. Engraved throughout.
Small oval publisher's handstamp ("B & H") to blank lower outer corner of title. Edges very slightly dusty. In exceptionally good condition overall.
First Edition of the "Scotch" Symphony. Not in Krause or Hoboken. Ward Jones III, 740.
The "Scotch" Symphony was inspired by Mendelssohn's visit to Scotland in 1829. "In a letter to his family dated 30th July he gives an account of a visit to Holyrood Palace: 'In the evening twilight we went to-day to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved; a little room is shown there with a winding staircase leading up to the door; up this way they came and found Rizzio in that little room ... and three rooms off there is a dark corner, where they murdered him. The chapel close to it is now roofless, grass and ivy grow there, and at that broken altar Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything is broken and mouldering and the bright sky shines in. I believe I found to-day in that old chapel the beginning of my Scotch Symphony.' The romantic approach to his subject is evident in the terms of the letter just quoted and in his other letters describing the view from Arthur's Seat and his visit to the Hebrides." Hill: The Symphony, p. 165.
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