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These compositions were written for the Matsushita Pavilion at Expo '70 between September and November, 1969. "Hiten", which captures the mysterious and limitless experience of travel in space, was used for the part of the pavilion in which the Time Capsule was displayed. It was composed for an orchestra of string instruments and female chorus. For the different mood of the rear of the pavilion, the tea house, Matsumura Teizo created a duet for the traditional Japanese shakuhachi and koto instruments. This composition, "Shikyoku", expresses, with a lyrical beauty, the poetic nature of Japanese culture. These two works were recorded on a gold-plated disc for the capsule; at the time of Expo '70 they were issued for public sale on a long-playing disc by the Japan Victor Co., together with another piece composed by Matsumura Teizo for Expo '70 called "Soreikito.'
The contents of this site are excerpted from THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF TIME CAPSULE EXPO'70(March 1975). Please note that company and organization names may differ from those of the current ones.
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