The Temptation in the Wilderness for orchestra is a one-movement tone poem. It is based on the story in the New Testament where Jesus goes into the wilderness, and, after fasting forty days and forty nights, is tempted three times by the Devil. In each case Jesus is able to resist the temptation and finally is received by angels. The work is lushly orchestrated, using a triple wind orchestra with ample strings, percussion, and harp. It was performed by Das Niederösterreichische Tonkünstlerorchester in the Musikverein in Vienna, conducted by Janet Peachey.