A major transatlantic move for Menotti to Scotland's most expensive house. Following the break-up of the composer's thirty year relationship with Samuel Barber, Menotti opted for solitude and a total change of scene, moving from upstate New York to East Lothian where he bought Yester House, a huge, imposing Palladian mansion he fell in love with at the foot of the Lammermiur Hills. He said he went to Scotland because he loved the country and he loved silence: "In my country silence is too expensive. I love the cold". The locals in a nearby village were immediately intrigued, awarding him the nickname 'Mr McNaughty'. With Donald Macleod.