This setting of Friedrich Schäffer's "Trinklied" (Drinking Song) (D. 75) was the first in a long series of drinking songs by Schubert. Set in August 1813, this Trinklied was composed when Schubert was only 16 and attending a state school for teachers. Be that as it may, Schubert's first drinking song has all the better qualities of his later drinking songs: an easily remembered singalong melody, noble sentiments touched with philosophy (a feature of nearly all German drinking songs), and a piano accompaniment that could be performed by a pianist who was deep in his cups. Like most of the choral drinking songs to follow, this particular drinking song starts with a verse for solo voice followed by a repetition of that verse for a chorus of men.
Description by James Leonard