Franz Xaver von Schlechta was one of a handful of Schubert's schoolfriends who remained in Vienna as members of the Schubert circle until the composer's death. What he lacked in talent as a poet (he was a dilettante who was always revising his verses to no great effect) he made up for in loyal friendship. He held high office in the finance ministry. He is the poet of eight Schubert songs, most of which are successes. Liebeslauschen is the longest setting, but in some ways the least demanding (with the possible exception of Fischerweise).
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989
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