An earlier composition than Rote Rosen
, Die erwachte Rose
is set to a rippling accompaniment in the style of Schumann or Mendelssohn. The melody is charming enough for its subject but there are places where one senses that the words are fitted to the melody rather than vice versa. Even so the recitative-like final page brings more variety and a sort of wide-eyed wonder, while the image of the awakening flower suggests why Strauss included the song in his gift to Lotti.
from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2012