This site aims to detail the often neglected and overlooked – born or based – Scottish classical composers and their works, particularly those of the 20th century, and give an indication if their work is available.
Those composers with connections based on parentage, I’ve decided on the following rule: where they show that their music or career has been influenced by Scotland I’ve included, if no substantial influence can be ascertained I’ve left out.
Thus, for example, Granville Bantock born in London of a Scottish father, who wrote frequent Scottish pieces like The Hebridean Symphony, Scenes from the Scottish Highlands and a Scottish Rhapsody; and was also President of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir and given an honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Edinburgh can be definitely counted in.
Erik Satie, on the other hand, with a (London born) Scottish mother, Jane Leslie Anton – known as Jeannie – who died when the composer was 6, can be counted out. His music or career shows little sign of Scottish influence.
Sorry, Erik! Your name is not on the list…