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.