The third movement has the Italian performance instructions "Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato – Tempo primo – Andante moderato – Adagio – Lo stesso tempo" (slowly and with a singing style – moderate walking pace – back to the first tempo – moderate walking pace – back to the first tempo). The duration is about 16 minutes. This is a lyrical, slow movement in B ♭ major, which is a minor sixth away from the symphony's main key of D minor. It is in a loose variation form, with each pair of variations progressively elaborating the rhythm and melodic ideas. The first variation, like the theme, is in 4/4 time, the second in 12/8. The variations are separated by passages in 3/4, the first in D major, the second in G major, The third In E ♭ major, the fourth in F♯ major, and the fifth in B major. The final variation is twice interrupted by episodes in which loud fanfares from the full orchestra are answered by octaves by the first violins. A prominent French horn solo is assigned to the fourth player.