Everyone is made to forget their cares and to sing and dance
By the air which is tempered with pleasure
And (by) the season that invites so many, many
Out of their sweetest slumber to fine enjoyment
.

The second movement is an Adagio molto. The chromaticism is surprising. It makes us think of later examples, such as Wagner's famous Prelude to Tristan and Isolde.

We will begin by discussing two patterns that recur in the adagio. We will call the first one 7 - 42 or red pattern. We first encounter it in measure 131:

  1. It is a diminished seventh chord, in this case, D minor's vii degree chord, which instead of resolving to tonic, resolves unexpectedly to a dominant chord in third inversion (see number 1 on the right of the image).
  2. If we substitute the vii degree of D minor for its dominant (both chords share the dominant function) and change the second chord to root position, we find a dominant resolving to its tonic.
  3. In number 3 we see that these chords are part of a cycle of fifths.

This pattern is repeated three times (marked with red boxes):

We find a second pattern that we will call pattern 7 - 7 or blue pattern.

  1. A diminished seventh chord moves by descending fourth or ascending fifth to another diminished seventh chord.
  2. We replace the diminished seventh chords with their related dominants (D# dim -> B and A#dim -> F#).
  3. In number 3, we see that it is nothing more than a dominant alternating with its dominant.

This pattern is repeated only once (marked with blue boxes). When repeated, the first chord is a dominant instead of vii degree (V dominant of F, instead of E, vii of F):

With these patterns clarified, we can analyze the movement.

Measures 116 - 125

John Harrison, violin, Robert Turizziani, conductor. Wichita State University Chamber Players.

Measures 126 - 133

John Harrison, violin, Robert Turizziani, conductor. Wichita State University Chamber Players.

Measures 134 - 142

John Harrison, violin, Robert Turizziani, conductor. Wichita State University Chamber Players.

Measures 143 to the end

John Harrison, violin, Robert Turizziani, conductor. Wichita State University Chamber Players.


Complete Movement

 

John Harrison, violin, Robert Turizziani, conductor. Wichita State University Chamber Players.

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