In 1829, Felix Mendelssohn embarked on a walking tour of Scotland, and found inspiration there for a symphony, among other works. Perfectionist that he was, he struggled with it for years before debuting his Scottish Symphony.
A half century after Mendelssohn's hike. Max Bruch found his Scottish inspiration in a collection of sheet music in the Munich library. He wasted no time in writing a Scottish Fantasy.
We'll hear them both this Thursday night. Fix yourself a late night snack of haggis or pour yourself a glass of single malt, as you prefer, and see which you think is the more Caledonian.