Seltsam, Mutter, geht es mir
—a song in the Rauch manuscript—is a setting of an arch ‘genre scene’ by Johann Ludwig Casper (1796–1864) that first appeared as ‘Die Bäuerin’ in Johann Amadeus Wendt’s Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen auf das Jahr 1819—Neun und Zwanzigster Jahrgang
. A young country girl confides, albeit with telling gaps that we fill in by means of insinuation, to her mother that she feels ‘strange sensations’ six months after the fair. Has her mother ever felt anything like this, she wonders? Mendelssohn begins with the clearest, limpid motion in C major—music for country matters—but touches lightly on other harmonies in the course of the maiden’s pseudo-naïve wonderment.
from notes by Susan Youens © 2009