Module 7: Lab Questions What is the inspiration for this piece of Mendelssohn's music? Inspiration for this piece comes from Mendelssohn’s trip to the Hebrides. The Hebrides are a very diverse archipelago that come from the west coast of mainland scotland. While here Mendelssohn saw many sights that captivated his interests. It was from this experience that he was inspired to write his overture, Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave) (Abbado). While in the Hebrides, what did Mendelssohn send to his sister Franny and why? In what way was his overture unique? While in the Hebrides, Mendelssohn sent his sister the opening bars of what would become his overture. He felt that this was the only way that he could express how utterly captivated he was by the sights and scenery that he had seen. His overture was unique because it was not based off of a story or other work that had already been created. Up until this moment in music history, ovatures were usually based off of stories or works that had already been written. But in Mendelssohn’s case he decided to base his composition on the
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