Fischer-Dieskau finds the song reminiscent of Gretchen am Spinnrade from the previous year; it is true that it is in the same key, it has a similar Italianate turn of phrase in the vocal line, and a similar middle section modulation at the moment where songs of past love are evoked (in Gretchen's song, at the moment of her physical memories of the faithless Faust) into the relative major. The climax at 'meiner Treue Hohn' with the pause on the cadence also recalls Gretchen's 'ach, sein Kuss' with the same anguished, climactic high G.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990
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