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The music takes its clue from the opening lines of the fourth verse, for the tonality and rhythm are as steadfast and constant as the heart and its pulse. A digression into another key, a feeling of `yes, but on the other hand', would have been inappropriate to this single-minded evening hymn. There is a beautiful harmonic sequence in the fifth line of each verse which irresistibly reminds us of the vulnerable questions in the lines 'Verdriesst dich denn mein Herz so schwer? verst”rt dich denn mein Blick so sehr?' from Morgengruss in Die schöne Müllerin.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990
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