The second movement - Adagio - is in D minor. It begins and ends on a dominant chord, suggesting the use of the Lydian mode. Indeed, some of its sonorities and dissonances are close to Andalusian music.
The first oboe and piccolo violin are the soloists. The rest of the instruments serve as accompaniment except for a few moments when the bassoon, violoncello, and continuo present the main theme. The horns do not play in this movement.
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