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Schubert may well have written the pair for the Easter observances of 1815, as the date of 9 March suggests. Domestic performance of such sacred vocal music would be fitting for such a festival, though unlikely to have figured as part of the Catholic services at the local Lichtental parish church. However, Therese Grob who sang in the choir there may well have taken part at a gathering in the Schubert household. The texts are certainly serious and devout enough for the taste of Franz Schubert senior.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1994
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