Containing the typical characteristics of a baroque gavotte, this dance begins on an upbeat, is in binary form, and has a rhythm pattern of two short notes followed by a longer note. Written in cut time, the piece flows well and yet maintains a regal quality. Much of this gavotte requires a non-legato touch, complemented by a sequence of two-note slurs in the second half. Broken ninths in the accompaniment make a larger hand size ideal. A brief modulation to e minor provides a contrast to the prevailing liveliness of the piece.
Caroline Krause, undergraduate piano major, The University of Iowa