The scotch snap is a rhythmic element that probably comes from 18th century Scottish fiddle music. It is typical of the Scottish Strathspey . The rhythmic sequence is "short - long", e.g. B. in the form of sixteenth notes with the following dotted eighth note; compare " Lombard rhythm ".
The scotch snap is often used by composers as an element for a folkloric-sounding composition. For example, Antonín Dvořák uses it in his Ninth Symphony "From the New World" alongside Indian melodies, bird calls and pentatonic scales .