Early Italian harpsichord

The overall structure of the "Allegro moderato" recalls the baroque concerto in its alternating contrastive statements by orchestral ritornello and soloist. The ritornello, heard complete in the first twenty-five measures, recurs thereafter in differentiated, mostly fragmentary forms of varying length. Although the soloist initially introduces new material between occurrences of the ritornello, after a brief transition to E-flat major (mm. 65–78), it is closely integrated with the latter in a lengthy "development" section (mm. 78–143) wherein it actually quotes or otherwise enlarges upon the ideas of the ritornello. The ritornello in G minor beginning with the anacrusis in m. 142 thus serves as a kind of "recapitulation," inviting further comparison with eighteenth-century sonata and sonata-rondo forms more closely identified with composers who lived and worked after Bach.

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