Ecossaise in G, WoO 23, for Wind Band (mp3)
Performer: Willem and Mark S. Zimmer
Author: Willem and Mark S. Zimmer
This piece was played by wind band in the Prater in 1810, together with its sister piece, the Ecossaise WoO 22, the Polonaise WoO 21, and possibly the Marches for wind band, WoO 18, 19 and 20. Unfortunately, the score and parts of WoO 23 got lost. However, Wenzel Krumpholz, a musician who participated in the 1810 concert, could still remember the tune of this Ecossaise after Beethoven's death. Carl Czerny wrote down the tune from Krumpholz's memory, and arranged it for piano.
When we compare our Ecossaise with WoO 22, we notice that it doesn't have a trio. Krumpholz probably couldn't remember the tune of the trio anymore.
We present here both Czerny's piano arrangement, and our own reconstruction of the Ecossaise as it may well have sounded when played by wind band. In making this reconstruction, we have relied heavily on the comparison of the scores for the March WoO 18 and its piano version Hess 99, and the Ecossaise WoO 22 for wind band.