Schubert at the piano, his inexhaustible wealth of dance melodies, his friends gathered around him, dancing, amusing themselves – making music was an important aspect in the lives of Schubert and his friends. The term Schubertiade invented for this kind of get-together is now solidly established.
Of his more than 300 dance pieces for piano, no fewer than eight collections with altogether 177 single pieces were printed during his lifetime, including these 16 Deutsche Tänze and two Ecossaisen from 1823/24.