This is the least known of all the songs to texts by British poets. In the company of the great Scott songs, the Colley Cibber song Der blinde Knabe
, and the three well-hnown Shakespeare settings, it is of no great consequence, but it is in John Reed's words 'a pretty trifle… but a well crafted one'. The predominant influence, as in Der Traum
, is Papageno. Even the shape of the melody here is reminiscent of his 'Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja' from Die Zauberflöte
. It is not hard to see why it has never caught on as a recital item as its tessitura makes it very hard to sing. It was written on an exceptional day, August 25th also saw the composidon of two vocal quartets with piano, a trio, one setting each by Baumberg, Tiedge and Matthisson, and two songs to anonymous texts, including Lilla an die Morgenröte
. It seems that the composer's psyche (his guiding influence in his choice of texts) kept an unconscious balance between poems which placed love on a romantic pedestal, and those (such as this, in the hot summer days of 1815) which concentrate on pressing matters in hand.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990