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Fingals Cave

Fingal's Cave (The Hebrides) (Die Hebriden (Fingals Höhle)). Ov. in B minor, Op.26, by Mendelssohn, who is said to have invented the prin. theme while on a visit to the Hebrides and the island of Staffa in 1829. (In fact he jotted down the theme in a letter written before he went to Staffa. The orig. version was called The Lonely Island.) Comp. 1830, rev. 1832. After rev. the work was f.p., as The Isles of Fingal, London, CG 1832. It is in effect a descriptive tone-poem.

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Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave (fĬng´gəl, fĬn´–), cavern, 227 ft (69 m) long, celebrated for its unusual beauty, on Staffa island, one of the Inner Hebrides, W Scotland. The entrance is an archway supported by basaltic columns 20 to 40 ft (6.1–12.2 m) high. The cave is inundated by the sea. Felix Mendelssohn composed an overture called The Hebrides or Fingal's Cave.

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