This is one of a handful of fragments, shavings from the Schumannian workbench, which are interesting enough to include in a recorded project of this kind. Schumann had already proved himself as a fine setter of Lenau’s poetry in the Op 90 songs of 1849. This little spring song was composed at the same time as the Vier Husarenlieder Op 117, although it is entirely different in mood from those sombre songs for baritone voice. The piano accompaniment here is very much in the style of the composer’s chamber music of the period. The response to the imagery of the mild spring winds stirring after the long winter is gently appropriate without being revelatory. The music has a kind of faded élan that warns us that the great days of the composer’s song-writing are coming to an end.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2007