NYPO, John Barbirolli cond
3 fl (III=picc and bass fl), 2 ob, ca, 2 cl in B flat, bass cl (=cl in E flat), alto sax ad lib.), 2 bn, dbn - 6 hn (V, VI ad lib.), 3 tpt in C, 3 trbn, tuba - timp, 4 perc (bd, cymb, sd, tamb, whip, xyl) - 2 harps (II ad lib), pf - str
Commissioned to celebrate the 2,600 anniversary of the founding of the Japanese empire, but was not performed in Japan at the celebrations, ostensibly because of its Christian content.