Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 – Elizabeth Watts
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Strauss presumably felt it was too slight a fragment for publication, but it is full of delightful Straussian gestures, from the opening flourish to the skipping final cadence. It also follows Strauss’s frequent practice of beginning in one key (F sharp) only to settle later in another (G major)—appropriately enough at the moment when the wind brings two lovers together. This key prevails for most of the second page, until the singer’s last line, when a neat return to F sharp tells us not to take any of this too seriously.
from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2012