A song like Daphne am Bach from 1816 has the same overall feeling as Andenken, but Schubert had by then refined his motivic language so that that type of flowing accompaniment almost always denotes water music. With its open-hearted simplicity and flow of melody, Andenken is perhaps the first song in which we can detect the germ of the masterful blend of sophistication and naivety which is Die schöne Müllerin. Matthisson's poem spawned a host of imitations, the most distinguished of which, Goethe's Nähe des Geliebten, far outshone its model.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1991
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