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For the dating of this song we rely on something written in haste by Schubert at the bottom of the manuscript: 'Spaun! Don't forget Gahy and Rondo'. This refers to a piano duet written in January 1818. As the composer was away in Zseliz for the summer months, it is likely that this song was composed sometime early in the year. It is sometimes ascribed to 1821 because that is when Schubert made a fair copy for the publisher. When the song was published in 1822 it was dedicated to Spaun who it seems had liked the piece so much that the composer let him keep the manuscript.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1994
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