An ecossaise is a type of couples’ folk dance, known for its lively rhythms. Even though Beethoven’s Ecossaise in G Major is easier than his typical works, it still has many stylistic components of his more difficult repertoire. For example, although melody is important, rhythm and harmony take a bit more precedence. Students should make sure that the accompaniment does not overpower the right hand and that the melody is well voiced in passages of thirds. This famous piece is sure to be popular with many students.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow