II Symphony

Movements: Lento molto / Allegro moderato / Andante comodo / Allegro giocoso
Instrumentation: 3332 4331 xlf tmp batt (4 esec) ar archi
Composed in: 1957

The symphony is composed of four movements performed together as parts I and II, and III and IV. The first movement – Lento molto – is an introduction with slow and mysterious character. The second movement – Allegro moderato – works as a main symphonic allegro. The third movement – Andante comodo – is a passacagli consisting of eight variations with cellos and double bases pizzicato. The fourth – Allegro giocoso – is a double fugue.

The third and the fourth parts of the symphony are separate enclosed sections and are often performed as separate pieces known as Passacaglia and fugue.