Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 19 – Felicity Lott
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Another breathless waltz song from more or less the same period comes to mind – Drang in die Ferne. Whilst this Leitner setting is undoubtedly more complex than the Bruchmann waltz, it is interesting that both these works share the tonality of A major/minor and that both first appeared in the Wiener Zeitschrift für Kunst und Mode. This popular publication, with its beautiful coloured plates of ladies' fashions, was keen to court its readership with accessible musical supplements – what better than waltzes, albeit disguised in 9/8 time? Schubert was no stranger to the writing of waltzes for piano in conventional 3/4, and this form was soon to be recognised as quintessentially Viennese with the enormous success of the orchestras of Lanner and Johann Strauss I. The second edition of Im Haine included an Italian translation ('Nel boschetto') by Craigher de Jachelutta; this was surely a sign that the composer felt he had written a piece with real popular potential.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993