Dietrichstein, like a number of the highly educated aristocracy of the time, was a decent amateur composer. In 1811 he published XVI Lieder von Göthe
and sent them to the poet who replied with the genial civility due to someone of the composer’s station. The music is in undemanding style but it shows cultivated taste. It is likely that the spaciousness and tempo of the song, as well as the repetition of the opening words, owe something to the famous Beethoven setting of this text that was published in 1810.
comparative Schubert listening:
Wonne der Wehmut D260. 20 August 1815
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006