The three Ecossaises
, published posthumously by Julian Fontana, were probably composed close to the end of Chopin's time in Warsaw; the year of composition has not been reliably determined, but 1829 or 1830 seems likely. The title refers to a type of contredanse in Scottish manner: as a composed dance piece for piano (often with a ‘Scotch snap' rhythm in a lively 2/4 time), the écossaise became popular in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as a kind of exotic work with couleur locale. There are examples by Beethoven and Schubert, as well as these three short pieces by Chopin. The latter are fairly conventional contributions to the genre, modestly attractive, but betraying little evidence of Chopin's later distinctive musical style.
from notes by Jim Samson © 2014