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Published on Mar 6, 2009
Suite No.2 in B minor is very much in French style, as were many compositions of this kind in Germany in the first half of the eighteenth century, when French national taste was predominated. The "Ouverture" is in the style developed under Lully in France, a solemn introduction in marked rhythm leading to a more rapid fugal section, ending with a return to the solemnity of the opening. A lively Rondeau follows and a stately Sarabande. The two Bourrées are played in alternation, followed by a Polonaise and a succeeding variation by the flute. The Suite ends with a Minuet and a Badinerie, a light-hearted and brilliant conclusion.