“My first goal in this work was to present a very positive attitude in a high-energy setting, and to complement this with some lyrical, quiet, or somber music, and a few comedic moments. The symphony was chosen as the form which would carry these musical messages because its strength has been proven by so many composers.
The first movement, the “Allegro,” takes the traditional role of opening the work with strong musical statements which provide a good contrast to the later movements. The second movement presents two very distinct musical settings, both of which contrast with the "Allegro." The chorale focuses more on the harmony and a collective melody produced by the combination of all the parts. The waltz (the comedic section) was chosen because the meter and basic pattern is so well known that it can be rhythmically twisted or bent and still be very clear. The finale closes the work using a combination of emotional attitudes found earlier in the work."