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The second movement begins with a lone horn performing a melodic line in four-four time. At bar eight, an oboe and an Enlish horn play harmonic counterpoint in eighth notes for two bars and are then replaced by a clarinet and bassoon at bar ten. This sparse ensemble finishes this introductory section several bars later, and then the next major portion of the piece begins with talking drums and a snare. Two bars later, four layers of counterpoint are added. The first is two woodwinds (clarinet and bassoon) playing an eighth note figurein two-part harmony. The next is a trumpet playing the second strain of the main theme. Another layer is a trombone playing counterpoint, and the highest layer is a wooden flute playing a high obligato with many trills and ornaments. Eight bars later, a fifth layer is added that consists of a horn section playing a variation of the first four bars of the second strain in half-time. These five contrapuntal layers continue for eight more bars and then the final section of the movement begins.
This final section shifts back to a twelve-eight time signature. The percussion is replaced by strings as a bassoon, a horn, an English horn, and a clarinet take turns playing counterpoint based on the first four bars of the main theme, as well as counterpoint based on the melodic figure presented in bar eight and nine by the double reeds at the beginning of the movement. This final section lasts for twelve bars, and then the movement is over.
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