The key is G major, the time signature 6/8, which gives the melody a gently loping gait. Like the other Uz setting on this disc, Die Liebesgötter, there is a sense of pastoral artificiality. It is not that this means a lack of feeling - the tender little chromatic inflections are most affecting - it is just that we cannot become too deeply involved with this swain's plaint. He talks of Flora and Zephyr at the same time as heartbreak, and we somehow know that the gods will arrange for him to revive. And so it proves. The left-hand quavers at the beginning were staccato (we know this much for certain), which is a sign, surely, that the composer's original music was not too lovelorn, and that the tempo was not meant to be too slow.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995
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