Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F Major BWV 1047
3. Allegro assai
Concerto No.2, which dates from 1719, is scored for a concertino group of four solo instruments - violin , flute, oboe and trumpet - a ripieno of strings and a continuo of cello and harpsichord. The principal concertino theme of the 4/4 opening movement is allotted first to the violin, then in succession to the oboe, the flute and lastly the trumpet, which is obliged to produce its highest notes and best agility and consequently contributes most to the splendid sparkle of the music.
The central Andante by contrast offers the gentle interplay of violin, flute and oboe in a tranquil set of variations in 3/4 time, the trio accompanied by only cello and harpsichord.
In the 2/4 finale it is the high trumpet again that leads the revels, this time being the first to play the soloists' theme and sounding even more brilliant than before as the music follows a lively course through ingenious canonic intricacies.
© Eric Mason