The work is separated into six sections titled:
• Arioso: Adagio - His friends try to persuade him not to undertake the journey
• Andante - His friends tell him of the various misfortunes that may befall him abroad
• Adagiosissimo - The general lament of his friends
• Andante con moto- His friends come, since they see that it must be, and take leave of him
• Posthorn Aria
• Fugue in Imitation of the Posthorn.