It is interesting that the two best known of the five Schubert settings of the poetry of Johann Peter Uz (born in Ansbach and educated in Halle) are of a religious bent. A number of his poems modelled on Anacreontic metre advocate the hedonism of wine, women and song, and he adopted a stance which attempted to combine this epicureanism with a rational eighteenth-century Christianity. In Gott im Frühlinge there even seems to be a touch of pantheism.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990
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