Die Seefahrt appears in the Gedichte of Hiazinth von Schulheim, published in Graz in 1836, and it is probable that this delightful song dates from about this time, as does Die Sterne (Leitner’s poem published in 1825). Der Hügel and Lerchenlied are later songs from the Hilarius/Rast years (between 1855 and 1858), not that the style is markedly different. I am indebted to my colleague Irwin Gage for copies of this difficult-to-obtain music.
comparative Schubert listening:
Die Sterne D939. January 1828
from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006