It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in celebration of its 125th anniversary, and was dedicated to Andre Kostelanetz, who conducted the first performance on 7 December 1968, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York.
The work lasts about 7 minutes and is exuberant, bustling and jaunty.
Kostelanetz also made the premiere recording of the work, with the New York Philharmonic.
- Liner notes to the premiere recording, mfp classics, CFP 4074
- William Walton.net/works