The symphony, lasting 25 minutes, is in four movements. The first, Allegro giusto, is a sonata allegro. The second is marked Poco adagio, while the third (Allegretto misterioso) is a scherzo whose opening theme is based on a twelve-note tone-row. The final movement is marked Allegro vivace.
- Culture.pl. "Witold Lutosławski, "Symphony No. 1"". Culture.pl. Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
- "8.554283 – LUTOSLAWSKI: Symphony No. 1 / Chantefleurs et Chantefables". Retrieved 2012-01-13.