A Scottish Rhapsody for the 17th birthday of Andrew, composed for piano

Scope and Content

The original score - of which this is a photocopy - is handwritten by Burgess and is inscribed partly in Scottish Gaelic to his son, "Love and lang may your lum reek frae your auld faither. Aug. 9th. 1981". (The inscription translates roughly as "Love and may you never be without fuel for your fire, from your old father.")

See also AB/ARCH/A/MUS/79: File containing fragments of unidentified scores for piano, or solo instrument and piano.

Administrative / Biographical History

A Scottish Rhapsody formed part of a concert of piano, vocal and chamber music by Burgess that was held at Brown University, Rhode Island, America in February 1999. The concert was titled The Brides of Enderby.

Location of Originals

"Anthony Burgess Papers", Harry Ransom Center: The University of Texas, Austin.


BURGESS, Anthony: The Piano Music of Anthony Burgess. Performed by Richard Casey. (Prima Facie, 2016)