The Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op. 46, is a composition for violin and orchestra by Max Bruch. Completed in 1880, it was dedicated to the virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate. It is a four movement fantasy on Scottish folk melodies and includes in the fourth movement a sprightly arrangement of "Hey Tuttie Tatie", which was also the tune to which lyrics by Robert Burns were set in the patriotic anthem "Scots Wha Hae". Also included in this fantasia on Scottish folk tunes are: “Auld Rob Morris” (the first folk tune to appear, first movement and reappears in later movements), “The Dusty Miller” (second movement), and “I’m Down for Lack of Johnnie” (third movement). In paying homage to Scottish tradition (although the composer never visited Scotland), Bruch's composition gives a prominent place to the harp in the instrumental accompaniment to the violin. The Scottish Fantasy is one of the several signature pieces by Bruch which are still widely heard today, along with the first violin concerto and the Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra.
Max Christian Friedrich Bruch (6 January 1838 – 2 October 1920), also known as Max Karl August Bruch, was a German Romantic composer and conductor who wrote over 200 works, including three violin concertos, one of which is a staple of the violin repertoire. Wikipedia |