Brahms began composing Symphony No. 1 in 1854, but his work did not premiere until 1876. The majestic theme of the fourth movement comes from a melody that Brahms heard from an Alpine shepherd. In this arrangement Harp 1 is played by a pedal harp, and introduces the famous melody. Also Harp 1 adds to the rich harmony with occasional chromatics. Harp 2 and Harp 3 can be played by lever harps as well as pedal harps, and there are no lever or pedal changes in either part. Also Harp 3 plays a counter melody to the famous theme, adding interest and enabling a strong, exciting ending. The performance time for Theme from First Symphony is four minutes,
The arrangement comes with separate copies for First Harp, Second Harp, and Third Harp and an Ensemble Copy showing the three parts together.