Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Poco andante
Movement 3: Allegro assai
In comparison to this unusual opening movement, the following Poco andante, in D major, is a study in restrained elegance. Here Bach evokes a trio sonata, with two treble voices in imitative texture set over a steady bass in quavers. The finale is again in binary form featuring dotted rhythms and occasional sudden rests setting off dramatic harmonic progressions. In one case, the rest lasts for an entire bar, placing in relief a diminished third in the bass, soon followed by still another silence preceding a diminished triad. More restrained than some of his other early finales, this movement balances continuity with rhetorical irregularities.
from notes by Leta Miller © 2012
University of California, Santa Cruz