The second movement is in binary form but organized like an invention or fugue. The first two measures play the role of an exposition, where the subject or theme appears for the first time. Episodes follow the exposition. Often, these episodes are harmonic marches that will take us to new keys where Bach will introduce the subject or theme again.

In this movement, the cellos always play in unison, doubled by the violone and continuo. Click on the sections for a detailed analysis.

Measures 1 to 12

Measures 13 to 48

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