Ablösung im Sommer
is a deft example of the comic, rustic side of the Wunderhorn
songs, in which the handover from cuckoo to nightingale is characterized in a shift from naïve slapstick to the sublimely lyrical in the same manner as in the comic singing-competition of Lob des hohen Verstandes
in the later collection.
from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2004