‘Love and Chivalry’ is another product of Matouba and the summer of 1859. Its two simple themes are as catchy as those of Fairy Land
and Hurrah Galop
, the second of these themes accomplished by a straightforward passage for crossed hands. A schottische (or schottisch), incidentally, for those unfamiliar with nineteenth-century terpsichorean nomenclature, is a type of ballroom dance similar to and slower than the polka, known in England as a ‘German polka’. It developed from the écossaise, originally a quick Scottish dance in 24 time, stylized examples of which occur in Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin.
from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004