Schubert at the piano, with his inexhaustible wealth of dance melodies, his friends around him dancing and playing jokes – this is one of the traditional images of Schubert that we so cherish. The term Schubertiade invented for this kind of get-together is now solidly established.

This volume contains altogether 182 dances, minuets, waltzes (including the acclaimed “Funeral Waltz” D 365 No. 2), ländler, écossaises, German dances – each lovelier than the next. Schubert wrote the last of the pieces from this first volume in 1816, when he was 19 years old (for Vol. II see HN 76).