The concerto is in three movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo
  3. Allegro

The first movement is in a fast tempo and begins with a ritornello played by the entire orchestra and then repeated by the solo lute.[1][2] According to AllMusic critic Brian Robins, the ritornello “contrasts a tuneful opening theme with a more lyrical motif in the minor mode.”[1] During the movement, the solo lute plays melodies in contrast to the ritornello.[2] The movement consists of several sections, almost all of which incorporate a portion of the ritornello melody.[2]

The second movement also consists of several sections.[2] Robins describes this movement as a “reflective meditation by the soloist” against accompaniment by the violins and pizzicato bass.[1] Robins praises the movement’s “exquisitely simple shift from triple to duple meter.”[1] The third and final movement is another fast movement in a 6/8 time signature which Robins describes as having “a bit of tarantella-like feel.”[1] The soloist also has the option of playing the half notes in the movement using a more vigorous 12/8 time signature.[3]

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