This film tells the story of Stravinsky's Symphonies for Wind Instruments, composed in 1920 in memory of Claude Debussy. A montage technique juxtaposes short musical sequences and blocks of sound. Also included is Five Orchestra Pieces composed in 1909 by Arnold Schoenberg. Conductor Michael Gielsen rehearses and performs with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Each of the 5 movements is interspersed with interviews, as Gielen, Carl Schorske, and Charles Rosen discuss various aspects of Schoenberg's life and works.