Movement 1 – Allegro Vivace
This movement pits a duet of rambling, gallivant trumpets against a more sober trio of trombone, horn and tuba. Not long after that, Arnold passes the melody off to other instruments in the group while constantly growing the texture of the movement and the theme.
Movement 2 – Chaconne
In comparison to the other two movements, this movement is darker and slower. This movement is where Arnold shows off his writing for trombone, with a notorious trombone cadenza. The movement resolves into an air of semi-tranquility.
Movement 3 – Con Brio
The last movement is bright and full of vigour as its name suggests. This movement takes the tragic sound and creates brightness while showing off all of the instruments. The piece ends with an accelerando forced by the two trumpets alternating, driving the piece to its end.