This third setting of Mignon's lyric seems less close to the final setting (D877 No 4) than the second D359 (dated 1816, although we do not know exactly when in the year) which contains many similarities of shape, mood and detail. This raises the possibility that D481 may well precede D359 chronologically and thus be the second, rather than the third, setting. If this is the case, Deutsch has dated them the wrong way around, and Mandyczewski in the Gesamtausgabe has ordered them correctly.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995
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