Comprised of six short movements each with a title "to aid the public in understanding what I had in mind when writing the movements." Titled Military, Cryptic, Dogmatic, Subjective, Jingo, and Prophetic, the movements are occasionally performed individually or in groups. In fact, only the last two were played for the premiere. Statements was not heard in its entirety until 1942. In a review, Virgil Thomson wrote, "They are clearly written and very, very personal. The whole group is a manly bouquet, fresh and sweet and sincere and frank and straightforward."
-Vivian Perlis, 1998