BACH, Suite No. 3 in D Major (1729–1731), Second Movement: Air - 3:50
The second movement, the air, contains one of Bach’s best-loved melodies. It is scored for only strings and continuo and is serene and lyrical, in contrast to the majestic and then bustling French overture. The title suggests that the movement is written in the style of an Italian aria. Like the opening movement, the air is not related to dance. It is in A A B B form, with the B section twice as long as the A section.
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