This is a quartet for recorders (Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass.) Each movement is representative of a season.
All the movements have dance-like attributes and are intended to represent not only the four seasons, but also four musical periods.
The first movement, Spring, is in the style of a Baroque dance movement.
The second movement, Summer, is in the style of a Classical Gavotte.
The third movement is the most overtly programmatic and is divided into four subsections according to which aspect of Autumn it is describing. (Morning mists and falling leaves; Rain and Wind; Slugs and Snails and Frogs; and, finally, Birds.
The final movement is in the style of a Gigue, but brought into the 20th/21st century. The final section of this movement, Gioioso, is a hymn of praise and has words which may be sung, or not, but should in any case inform the player of the style needed.