The composition is not descriptive, however the general "tone" of the poems which constitute "Eikhah" reflect on every movement.
It is not a Symphony in the traditional meaning because it does not fit in the sonata form: two opposing and complementary themes or ideas. Rather it is a Symphonic Poem without "programme", where each movement is inspired from the poems of the book "Lamentations" (Eikhah).
The composition employs a large orchestra, with a full set of percussion instruments.
One main tone-series is used as a "leitmotiv", this series is used as is in the first and last movements and its variations are employed in others.