On this week's Ether Game Weekly Music Quiz Podcast, the Brain Trust is having fun storming the castle! We're looking a palaces, castles, and other regal living quarters, in a show we’re calling “Royal Residence.” Can you name this palatial tune? (The answer is below) Remember to keep your ears out for a portion of Tuesday night’s Teaser selection. And don’t forget to tune into the full show on Tuesday, January 23rd at 8:00pm for a chance to win a prize!
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): Symphony No. 3 in A Minor ("Scottish")
I. Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor. Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" / Hebrides Overture (Philips)
In the 19th century, it was common for young, wealthy intellectuals to go on “grand tours,” exploring the great cities of Europe. And at age 20, a young Felix Mendelssohn took his grand tour of Edinburgh, Scotland. Mendelssohn’s reasons for visiting Scotland had to do mostly with his admiration for author Sir Walter Scott, who he managed to meet while on tour. Yet, this trip was also musically fruitful for Mendelssohn. He came up with the idea for his famed Hebrides Overture while standing outside Fingal’s cave off of Scotland’s western coast. And the opening of this piece, his “Scottish” Symphony was inspired by his trip to Edinburgh. After standing among the ruins of the chapel in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace, the royal palace where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned, he later wrote, “I believe that today I’ve found the beginning of my Scottish Symphony.”