As in the case of the Quintet "La Truite" (D. 667), the "Wanderer" -Fantasie (D 760) and his string quartet "The Young Girl and Death" (D 810), Schubert also used in his Variations for flute on "Trockne Blumen" (D 802) one of his lieder as a thematic medium for an instrumental composition. "Trockne Blumen" (Dried Flowers) is the eighteenth lied in the cycle of "La Belle Meunière" (D 795) composed in the autumn of 1823. In January 1824, even before all the melodies of the cycle on poems by Müller were not published (summer 1824), Schubert composed his Theme and variations in E minor for flute and piano and endowed it with an imposing introduction. The work remained its only and singular virtuoso composition for flautists. It is incredibly difficult and the "accompaniment" on the piano is, in fact, extraordinarily dangerous. Schubert's manuscript, reworked several times, is the only source of authority for Urtext because it is established that the autograph served as the engraving model for the first impression published posthumously. Schubert completely dismissed one of the variations - the Henle Urtext edition reproduces it as an appendix, more for information than for execution.